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10/08/2016

Lionel Messi continues recovery from thigh injury in Barcelona gym and says: "One more day"



Lionel Messi has hinted that he is close to a Barcelona comeback after posting a cryptic message on social media.


Messi suffered a groin problem in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp last month.

The Catalan giants claimed that he was set to miss three weeks of action, meaning he is close to a return to action.

Messi posted an picture of himself working towards his comeback in the gym while wearing his Barcelona training gear on Friday afternoon.

Showing off his array of tattoos, holding a sports drink and with veins bulging out of his arms, Messi looked as if he had concluded an intense gym session.
He captioned the photo "Un dia mas" which translates to "one more day".

Messi's injury means that he has missed the World Cup qualifiers this weekend and Argentina dropped points in his absence.

The 29-year-old - who retracted his decision to retire from international football this summer - instead headed to the cinema with partner Antonella Roccuzzo and their son Thiago.
Messi was all smiles as he enjoyed some family time - but the national team will be desperate for him to return after drawing their second consecutive match.

Defender Ramiro Funes Mori put Argentina ahead after 15 minutes but was responsible for Peru's late penalty equaliser that was converted by Christian Cueva.

In between, Peru's veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalised early in the second half and Gonzalo Higuain restored Argentina's lead in the 77th minute.
After nine matches, the halfway point in the South American qualifiers, Uruguay top the table with 19 points followed by Brazil on 18 and Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina all on 16. Peru climbed one place to eighth with eight points.

The top four go through to the 2018 finals in Russia while the team in fifth place, currently Argentina on goal difference, qualify for an intercontinental playoff against the Oceania winners for another berth.

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