Camp Nou

Next Game

Barcelona v Elche

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 16:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Messi making good progress

Lionel Messi is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, Barcelona have announced.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 19:21 Post Comment

Lionel Messi: In line for a January return

Lionel Messi: In line for a January return

The Argentina forward is in Buenos Aires as he continues his rehabilitation from the injury which has kept him out for more than a month.

Club doctor Richard Pruna and director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta have travelled to Argentina to check on his recovery.

Pruna performed a physical examination and an ultrasound on Wednesday which showed Messi was "making good progress".

The injury is set to keep Messi out for between six and eight weeks in total, meaning he is in line for a January return.

Messi has been in his home country since November 29, working on what his club called "the second phase of his recovery programme" at the Argentinian Football Association facility.

The 26-year-old will undergo further tests on Friday to determine whether he can begin "the third phase" of his programme.

Messi has been working under the supervision of members of the Argentina national side's medical team and has been joined, as planned, by Barca physio Elvio Paolorosso.

The forward injured his hamstring away to Real Betis on November 10.

The Catalan giants have been below par, by their own high standards, without the four-time world player of the year.

They have lost to Ajax in the Champions League and Atletico Madrid in the Primera Division in their seven matches since.

Barca still lead the table, though, level on points with Atletico and face Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Barca travel to City for the first leg on February 18, with the return leg on March 12.

Messi should be back in plenty of time for those matches.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed

Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United.

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Premier League: Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin returns to training

Sky sources understand that Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has trained as normal despite requesting a move.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property