Lionel Messi hopes to be back fit for Barcelona’s match with Atletico Madrid on January 11, Marca reports.

The Madrid-based sports daily has revealed that the Blaugrana forward is fully recovered from his thigh injury, but now has to get back to match fitness.

The Catalan club have devised a ‘pre-season’ fitness plan for the Argentine forward, with the hope that he will be fully fit by the time he gets back in Barcelona on January 2.

Despite this though, Messi will not be available on January 5 against Elche as Tata Martino wants his record-breaking goalscorer ready for the game at Vicente Calderon.

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