The Catalan giants confirmed on Wednesday that Lionel Messi's recovery from a torn hamstring injury is on schedule.
The Argentine super star suffered the latest of a series of recent muscle injuries in Barca’s 4-1 win over Real Betis in November.
The 26-year-old is currently in his home country, Argentina, as he undergoes treatment, but Barca sporting director, Zubizarreta, and club doctor, Ricard Pruna, visited the Ballon d’Or nominee this week to check whether Messi’s recovery is on track.
"The fitness test and scan carried out this morning by doctor Ricard Pruna at the training facilities of the Argentine Football Federation in Buenos Aires showed good progress in Lionel Messi's injury," reads an official club statement.
"More tests will be carried out on Friday to set the timescale for the third part of the player's recovery process and training schedule."
Barca boss, Gerardo Martino, said on Tuesday that he expects Messi to be back in Barcelona on January 2.
The Catalans hope that their star man could even be fit to face Atletico Madrid in a clash between the top two sides in La Liga on January 11.
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