BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi is set to return from a two-month injury layoff after being cleared by Barcelona team doctors and included in the squad for the Copa del Rey match against Getafe on Wednesday.
Messi hasn’t played since tearing his left hamstring on Nov. 10, his fourth leg injury last year. He returned to training with Barcelona last week after recovering in Argentina.
Barcelona lost its only two games of the season without Messi, but has managed to hold onto a share of the Spanish league lead with Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona hosts Getafe in the first leg of the round of 16 before traveling to Atletico on Saturday in one of the most highly anticipated league matches of the season.