Lionel Messi today returned to field work at Barcelona’s training facilities, indicative of the club’s hopes to have him available against Bayern Munich.

Earlier this week reports had it that a test on the thigh injury the Argentine has been battling with for the past fortnight was healing as hoped.

Today the club have confirmed that the 25-year-old has stepped up his recovery by returning to field-work at training to help boost his fitness.

Barca are thought likely to have Messi fit for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich next Tuesday, April 23 in Germany.

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