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Lionel Messi accelerates ankle injury recovery

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The forward is training on his days off to get back to full sharpness

Barcelona Training Session - UEFA Champions League Photo by Rafael Marchante/Pool via Getty Images

Lionel Messi used his day off today to go for more treatment at the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Joan Despí for his ankle injury that has kept him from being available.

The Argentine came back from Rosario, where he celebrated Christmas, to Catalonia on Tuesday, where he saw Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Eibar from the stands.

Manager Ronald Koeman gave the players two days off, but evidently, Messi will not use them. Instead, he is reportedly going for treatment today and going to train tomorrow.

The group will get back together starting the first of day of the new year, and Messi is said to be targeting the match against Huesca, on the third of January, as his first game back.

The hope is Messi will be fit to begin training normally alongside his teammates on the first.