Lionel Messi hands Ernesto Valverde huge boost as Barcelona talisman returns to training ahead of Borussia Dortmund clash in Champions League
- Lionel Messi has returned to training as he steps up his recovery from injury
- His return comes days before Barca fly to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund
- It remains to be seen whether Messi will feature while Dembele also returned
Lionel Messi has handed Ernesto Valverde a huge boost after he returned to first-team training ahead of their tough Champions League opener with Borussia Dortmund.
The Barcelona talisman is yet to feature this season after he picked up an injury just days before the start of the new campaign.
The Catalan giants will be sure not to rush the 32-year-old back but will monitor his fitness ahead of their trip to Germany on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi has returned to first-team training as he steps up his recovery from injury
Messi’s return comes days before Barcelona fly to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund
Messi has trained away from the first team for the past few weeks as he steps up his recovery but Barcelona fans will be delighted to see pictures of the Argentine training with his team-mates again.
It remains to be seen whether Messi will play a part in Tuesday’s encounter but Valverde will look to integrate him back into the side gently.
Ousmane Dembele also trained with the first team but his involvement was limited compared to Messi’s.
It remains to be seen whether Messi will feature in the Champions League opener
Barcelona also confirmed that Ousmane Dembele returned to training on Sunday
While pictures of Messi training will please fans, speculation about his Nou Camp future will not after he was linked with a sensational move to Inter Miami on Saturday.
David Beckham reportedly sent his fixer Paul McDonough to London to hold talks with Messi’s father Jorge, who acts as the Barcelona star’s advisor, according to The Sun.
The news that Messi could leave Barcelona on a free transfer next summer put the football world on high alert.
David Beckham has sent his fixer to try and secure a Lionel Messi transfer next season
‘Messi signed until 2021. It was agreed that at the end of the penultimate season he is at liberty to leave for free,’ Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told Barca TV last week.
Inter Miami FC are set to join the MLS next season from March, and Beckham is trying to find the best players possible for their debut.
He is apparently ‘open to the idea of sharing’ Messi, in a similar vein to the agreement he had with LA Galaxy.