Messi resumes bid to break Gerd Muller's goal record after recovering from injury
Barcelona star Lionel Messi's bid to break Gerd Muller's record for goals in a calendar year is back on, after the Argentina star was proved fit and included in Barca's squad to travel to Real Betis.
Messi, who is one short of the German's 1972 milestone mark of 85, has made a quick recovery from the injury he suffered on Wednesday that had football fans around the world so worried.
"He completed training on Saturday without any kind of trouble. There are still a lot of hours until kickoff and we'll all evaluate the situation together and decide whether he'll play the full 90 minutes or just part of the match," CNN quoted coach Tito Vilanova, as saying on Barca's website.
"The important thing is that he's feeling okay ... But he could easily wake up in the morning and tell us he's feeling pain again," he added.
Messi injured his knee after coming on as a substitute in the 0-0 Champions League draw with Benfica, prompting fears that he would miss Barcelona's last four games of 2012, the report said.
"When I first felt the knock, the pain made me imagine I'd be out for many months," Vilanova said.
However, he announced the following day that the injury was not serious, and now it appears he is fit to face fifth-placed Betis.
"If he travels it's because he's ready to play. If there was the slightest risk, he wouldn't be going," Vilanova said.