Messi back in training

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi could take some part in this weekend's El Clasico after returning to full training following a knee injury.

Messi has not featured since sustaining knee ligament damage during Barca's 2-1 victory over Las Palmas at the end of September, but may be included in the matchday squad that travels to Real Madrid for the first Clasico of the season.

"(Monday's training) session included the presence of 'Leo' Messi, who is in the process of recovering from a left knee injury suffered on September 26," a statement on the club's official website read.

However, manager Luis Enrique may decide against rushing Messi back into action as the Catalan outfit have performed well in his absence, with Neymar and Luis Suarez star performers as Barca have won four league matches in succession.

Argentina national team doctor Homero De Agostino recently said that Messi should not play against Real as he risks suffering a recurrence of the injury if he is hurried back into action.

"I doubt that Messi will be fit to play El Clasico," De Agostino told Cadena SER Catalonia show "Que t'hi jugues!". "The coach [Luis Enrique] cannot trust in somebody who has just recovered.

"The problem is when the player hits the ball with his instep, which reproduces the mechanism of the injury. I don't believe the problem is physical, but rather football. Although it is Messi, he will need to get his rhythm back with the football."

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