Lionel Messi returning to action

Jan 07, 2014, 11:19 AM EST
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 03: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during a training session at the Mini Stadi Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi is scheduled to return to the pitch Wednesday after sitting out two months with a thigh muscle injury. His return will come during a Copa del Rey match against Getafe. Messi has endured several similar injuries late in 2013 and his fitness will be on watch at all times upon his return. Barcelona has an important match this weekend against Atlético Madrid, and Messi's inclusion in the starting XI in that key match will have plenty to do with how Wednesday's return goes. Messi will likely be limited in playing time for several weeks until he is completely back to full fitness.