Messi fit to play

February 8, 2007

Lionel Messi has been given the medical all-clear. Frank Rijkaard is free to pick the Argentinian for next Sunday’s game with Racing Santander at the Camp Nou.

Messi was injured last November 12 in Barça’s league game at the Camp Nou against Zaragoza. In the training match played on Wednesday at the Miniestadi, he showed that he is almost back to full fitness, playing so well he was one of the outstanding figures in the game, along with Eto’o and young Bojan.

Recovery stage in Argentina

The Argentinian forward has been following a meticulously planned recovery programme arranged mainly by the prestigious Doctor Dalmau, who performed surgery on the player, along with the rest of the Club Medical Services. Messi was released from hospital on November 17 and began his rehabilitation in Barcelona before returning to his home country. He was then able to spend the last weeks of recuperation with his family.

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