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Fit-again Lionel Messi returns for Barcelona

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 13:25 | Comments

Lionel Messi may return to action as Barca take on Getafe in the Cup on Wednesday night
Lionel Messi may return to action as Barca take on Getafe in the Cup on Wednesday night

Lionel Messi has moved a step closer to making his long-awaited return for Barcelona after being named in the 18-man squad for Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash against Getafe.

The Argentinian has been missing with a thigh injury since November but has returned to training and took part in a full session alongside his team-mates on Monday.

Barca boss Gerardo Martino will no doubt tread carefully with Messi, and indeed may yet choose to save the 26-year-old for Saturday's top-of-the-table Primera Division clash with Atletico Madrid.

Sergio Busquets was also named in the squad by Martino, but injured trio Xavi, Marc Bartra and Dani Alves were absent.

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