Reports are that Lionel Messi has healed from his hamstring injury and now only needs to regain match fitness before a return in January.

The 26-year-old is currently in Argentina for the second and final phase of his recovery from a torn muscle in the back of his left thigh sustained mid-November against Real Betis.

Reports today suggest that recent tests carried out have revealed that the damaged muscle has now fully healed and that there is now no trace of the injury.

Subsequently, it is seen that Messi now only needs to regain full physical fitness in Buenos Aires before his scheduled return to playing action for Barcelona inside the first two weeks of January.

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