Barcelona: Barcelona say Lionel Messi will begin a period of physical rehabilitation to complete his recovery from a leg injury. (Also read: Messi criticises Barca vice-president over contract talks)
Barcelona say medical tests "confirmed the good progress" of Messi's left hamstring tear and that now he will focus on building up the strength in his leg.
Messi hasn't played since hurting his leg on November 29. Barcelona expect him to return to the pitch in early January. He is recovering in his home country of Argentina. (Messi fends off money-laundering claims)