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Lionel Messi back to training field, on track for El Clásico return

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Lionel Messi appears to be set for a return to the field in the biggest game of the early part of the season, El Clásico against Real Madrid in two weeks.

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, the Blaugrana superstar has made his return to the training field for a very light work, like running and specific exercises with the ball, which is already good news. The schedule for his recovery has gone exactly according to plan, and the Barça playmaker has a big chance of making it in time for the Bernabéu clash.

It's expected that Messi will continue with this type of training for the entire week, increasing the intensity level according to his evolution. By the time the internationals come back next week, Leo is expected to be fully recovered and ready to practice normally with his teammates on Thursday and Friday. Depending on how well he does then, coach Luis Enrique will make the decision to whether or not include him in the squad list for the most important encounter of the end of 2015.

Messi suffered a torn ligament in his left knee, and has been sidelined for the last six weeks. In that period, Barcelona has amassed eight wins and only one loss in ten matches, with 'MSN' partners Luis Suárez and Neymar stepping up to cope with Leo's absence.