8 Jan 2014

Messi back in action tomorrow

12:45 pm on 8 January 2014

The Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been given the all-clear by medical staff and was included in the squad for the King's Cup last 16, first leg at home to Getafe.

The Argentine World Player of the Year has not featured for the Spanish champions since straining a thigh muscle on November 10th, the latest in a series of muscle injuries that plagued him throughout 2013.

His return will give Barca a lift as they prepare for this weekend's La Liga clash at Atletico Madrid, who are level with Barca at the top on 49 points from 18 matches.