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Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona training ahead of Espanyol clash

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The captain has recovered from a groin problem

Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Lionel Messi returned to Barcelona training on Wednesday after recovering from a groin injury picked up on international duty with Argentina.

The Barcelona captain was back along with a host of other players who have been away with their national teams over the international break.

Luis Suarez also did part of the session with the group as he recovers from a sprained ankle picked up against Real Betis.

Barcelona now face a busy week of La Liga fixtures before they take on Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The play Espanyol on Saturday, Villarreal on Tuesday and then welcome Atletico Madrid to the Camp Nou.