Lionel Messi has mused that his sporting ambition for 2014 is to not suffer any more injuries, as he outlines his return for Barcelona.
The Argentine is in the final stages of recovery after suffering a torn hamstring in mid-November and is set to reunite with his teammates in Catalonia for training on January 2.
Ahead of that, the 26-year-old has reflected on his hopes for the new year and has mused on one aim, with particular reference to struggles through 2013 with thigh injuries.
“There are many important things personally, but on a sporting level in 2014 I hope to have a year without injuries,” Messi has today told the television program Mundo Leo.
“The aim now is to prepare physically and the idea is to have a couple of sessions with my teammates before playing again.
“After I celebrate the new year with my family, I will fly out to Barcelona on Wednesday January 1 and, once I have returned, we will see when I am good to play again.”
It is understood that Messi will likely be unavailable for Barca’s first match of the new year against Elche next weekend, but that he will pick up minutes in the midweek Copa del Rey clash with Getafe, before being ready to face Atletico Madrid in Week 19.