Messi ready to make come­back from in­jury

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Barcelona mae­stro Lionel Messi is pre­par­ing to make his re­turn from in­jury against De­portivo La Coruna on Satur­day to en­sure he can start in next week’s mouth-wa­ter­ing Cham­pi­ons League clash with Manch­ester City.

The five-times world player of the year has been out of ac­tion since in­jur­ing his groin in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Sept. 21, miss­ing vic­to­ries over Sport­ing Gi­jon and Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach and the 4-3 de­feat at Celta Vigo.

The Ar­gentina cap­tain also missed his coun­try’s World Cup qual­i­fiers against Peru and Paraguay. Ac­cord­ing to Barcelona news­pa­per Mundo De­portivo, Messi is set to start Satur­day’s La Liga fix­ture with De­portivo at the Nou Camp on the bench with a view to com­ing on in the sec­ond half. After eas­ing him­self back into ac­tion, Messi will ex­pect to line up against Pre­mier League lead­ers City on Oct. 19, when for­mer Barca coach Pep Guardi­ola re­turns to the Nou Camp.

The in­jury has pre­vented Messi from train­ing with his team mates for three weeks but he is set to re­sume ball work today be­fore re­join­ing full train­ing on Thurs­day.

Barca are fourth in La Liga on 13 points, two be­hind lead­ers Atletico Madrid. The re­turn of the club’s all-time top scorer and tal­is­man comes at the right time as they pre­pare to meet City twice in a fort­night and face dif­fi­cult La Liga trips to Va­len­cia on Oct. 22 and Sevilla on Nov. 6. — Reuters

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