Lionel Messi: Updates on Barcelona Star's Kidney Tests and Return

James DudkoFeatured Columnist

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, reacts during his Spanish La Liga soccer match against CF Malaga at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has returned to action following tests regarding an ongoing kidney problem that forced him to the sideline.

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Messi Starts vs. Celta Vigo

Sunday, Feb. 14

Barcelona confirmed Messi's involvement in the La Liga clash.


Barcelona's Strike Force Returns to Full Strength

Messi's return will add to the brilliance of fellow strikers Luis Suarez and Neymar and reunite arguably the most potent attack in the world. Both Suarez and Neymar possess the intelligent movement, electric pace and outrageous skill Messi so often dominates games with.

They have each tallied a number of goals this season and emerged as crafty creators. The Argentinian, Uruguayan and Brazilian are world-class stars who can win any game with individual brilliance.

If Messi is slowed in his return, manager Luis Enrique can also turn to hugely talented youngster Munir el Haddadi. The 20-year-old is improving as a finisher and is quick enough to stretch any defence.

One other option for Enrique is to move cerebral winger Arda Turan further forward. The former Atletico Madrid playmaker isn't a prolific goalscorer, but he can dovetail well with Neymar and Suarez.