Football: Messi back in training after thigh problem

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the Spanish Super Cup first leg football match Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on August 21, 2013. Lionel Messi returned to training with his Barcelo
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the Spanish Super Cup first leg football match Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on August 21, 2013. Lionel Messi returned to training with his Barcelona teammates on Monday, suggesting the World Player of the Year could play a part in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atletico Madrid. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi returned to training with his Barcelona teammates on Monday, suggesting the World Player of the Year could play a part in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atletico Madrid.

The Argentina forward bruised a thigh in last week's first leg at the Calderon, which ended 1-1, and he was taken off at halftime before missing out on Sunday's 1-0 La Liga victory at Malaga as a precaution.

"He took another step forward in his recovery and took part in the session with his teammates on Monday," Barca said on their website.