Messi stretching before a training session

Leo Messi is heading back to Barcelona on Jan 1st/ PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE

Leo Messi has spent a large part of 2013 sidelined by different injuries, including the latest to his left hamstring, which has seen him out of action since last November. But on December 20 it was announced that he has clinically recovered from the injury, and now it is only a matter of time before he will be able to return to active duty.

Speaking to the ‘Mundo Leo’ show in his native Argentina, the Barça striker said that “after spending new year with my people, I'm flying to Barcelona on January 1 and we'll then have to see when I'll be fit to make my return”.After spending new year with my people, I'm flying to Barcelona on January 1 and we'll then have to see when I'll be fit to make my returnHe added that “the aim will be to get me back to full fitness and the idea is then for me to play a couple of practice games with my colleagues before playing a proper match again”. The team has a tight schedule ahead, with three games in the first week back after the mid-season break, against Elche (Jan 5, 16.00), Getafe in the cup (Jan 8, 22.00) and then the crunch match with the Liga co-leaders Atlético Madrid.