Barcelona Injury News: Lionel Messi Enters the Final Stages of His Recovery

Christopher HeathmanCorrespondent IIDecember 20, 2013

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013 in Seville, Spain. Messi picked up a hamstring tear injury early on in the match and has now been ruled out for the next six to eight weeks according to the club. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi has entered the final stages of his recovery and is making good progress, Barcelona have confirmed.

The Argentine suffered a hamstring injury back in November in an away game to Real Betis, which meant he would be out for six to eight weeks. But fans, team-mates and manager Tata Martino will be glad to know their No.10 should not be out longer than expected.

In a official release on their website, Barcelona announced tests carried out on Friday at AFA facilities confirmed Messi is past the "clinical stage" of recovery and entered the "third phase" to consist of physical conditioning.

This rare snippet of good news on the Barcelona injury front follows an announcement earlier in the week on Wednesday, when it was revealed Messi was making good progress.

Doctor Richard Pruna and Barca's Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta traveled to Argentina on Tuesday, where the Argentine forward has been staying since sustaining the injury, to see how their star man was doing, and it seems it is all going according to plan.

Messi was taken off in the early stages of their 4-1 victory over Betis, and since his absence, and the absence of several other players, Barca have won five and lost two in all competitions. They currently sit otop of La Liga on goals scored ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona will next face Getafe away in their final Liga match of the year on Sunday as the Primera División enters the winter break.