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Lionel Messi Receives Medical Green Light; Likely To Start Versus Bayern Munich

Lionel Messi has unsurprisingly received the medical green light to return to action ahead of tonight's UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Did anyone really expect Barca to play without their star player?

Guess who's back...
Guess who's back...
Alex Grimm

Lionel Messi has finally received the medical green light to return to action, and as a result, is virtually certain to start in tonight's 2012-13 UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Of course, no-one really expected Messi to miss a minute of tonight's crucial fixture - but it's a relief that our Argentine superstar has finally been given clearance by the medical team. Thanks to the hamstring injury that Messi picked up in the first-leg of Barca's quarter-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have been without their star striker for all but 29 minutes of their past four matches.

As a result of his injury, Lionel Messi has also fallen three goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo as he bids to become the first-ever player to be named as top-scorer of the competition for a record fifth successive time - as if he needs any more motivation to put in an incredible performance tonight - and ominously for Bayern, the last time Messi squared up against German opposition, he scored a stunning five goals against Bayer Leverkusen.

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