Valverde revealed the Argentine wanted a number of days to get better after the problem however was adamant his celebrity is prepared for the return leg within the Nou Camp tonight (8pm).
“He was okay a few days after it,” Valverde stated.
However he was somewhat bit shocked on the time.
“Though he is okay now for this recreation and able to go.”
The 31-year-old performed his half within the Catalan giants’ opening objective within the first leg.
Messi floated over a cross which Luis Suarez headed again throughout the objective and because the ball was travelling throughout the six-yard field it deflected off Luke Shaw and into the online, giving Barca the lead.
It was later within the recreation that the problem from Smalling passed off and on the time it appeared to have an effect on the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, as he had little influence on the remainder of the sport.
Nevertheless, Valverde insisted Messi isn’t involved about it occurring within the second leg.
“I do not suppose he’s frightened about the identical factor occurring once more,” he stated.
“He’s high-quality, he’s completely high-quality after the blow he suffered.”
Messi was certainly one of a lot of stars Valverde disregarded of his squad as Barcelona confronted Huesca in La Liga on Saturday.
Valverde admitted he’s not sure about who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes to play in Barcelona, however is cautious of the menace Man Utd pose on the counter assault.