Barcelona striker Leo Messi has returned to training ahead of the Clasico this weekend.
The Argentina forward has been out of action since the end of September with a knee ligament injury but could feature off the bench with the Catalan outfit visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
A statement on the Barcelona website confirmed the 28-year-old’s participation in training on Monday.
It read: “(Monday’s training) session included the presence of ‘Leo’ Messi, who is in the process of recovering from a left knee injury suffered on September 26.”
When he was initially injured, it was feared Messi could be out of action for longer. And despite his return being a boost to the La Liga champions, his national team doctor has warned that the four time Ballon d’Or winner risks more problems if rushed back too soon.
Homero De Agostino told Cadena SER Catalonia:”I doubt that Messi will be fit to play El Clasico. The coach cannot trust in somebody who has just recovered.
“The problem is when the player hits the ball with his instep, which reproduces the mechanism of the injury. I don’t believe the problem is physical, but rather football. Although it is Messi, he will need to get his rhythm back with the football.”