Liga - Messi back in training, available for Osasuna game

Lionel Messi has returned to full training and is available for Barcelona's La Liga game at home to Osasuna on Sunday.

Liga - Messi back in training, available for Osasuna game

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Messi / Celtic Barcelona / 2012

The World Player of the Year missed training and needed physiotherapy on Friday after coming off as a precaution late in Thursday's Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg win at Malaga.

"The Argentine forward will be available for selection for the next league fixture," Barca said in a statement on their website (

The La Liga leaders are looking to get back to winning ways against Osasuna after their unbeaten start to the campaign was ended last weekend by a 3-2 defeat at Real Sociedad.

They still have an eight-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, with champions Real Madrid a further seven points back in third.

Jose Mourinho's Real side, who this week lost captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas to a broken hand, host Getafe on Sunday before Barca visit the Bernabeu on Wednesday for the first leg of their Copa semi-final.

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