Liga - Messi included in Barca squad for Copa del Rey

Lionel Messi has been given the green light for his return from injury and is in the squad to face Getafe in the Copa del Rey.

The Argentine has been out since November with a torn hamstring and a report in Mundo Deportivo claims boss Tata Martino plans to give him some playing time in Wednesday’s first-leg Copa del Rey clash with Getafe at the Camp Nou.

The 26-year-old had previously been recovering in his native country, with some members of the Barca medical staff having flown out to South America before Christmas to oversee his recuperation.

The forward's return will give the Blaugrana a boost ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Atletico Madrid, who are level with Barca on 49 points, on Saturday.