Football: Injury-free 2014 top of Messi's wish list
BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is hoping for an injury free 2014 as his recovery from a thigh injury nears completion, the World Player of the Year said on Monday.
Messi has been in his native Argentina recuperating from a thigh strain sustained on Nov 10, the latest in a series of muscle injuries that plagued him throughout 2013.
Barca stumbled during his most recent absence, losing consecutive games to Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, and are keen to have him back in the side as soon as possible after the end of the winter break.
"After celebrating the end of the year with my family and friends, I will fly to Barcelona on Wednesday and after my return we will see when I am ready to play again," Messi said on Barca's website (www.fcbarcelona.es).