Messi returns to Argentina for treatment

The 26-year-old's recovery from a hamstring injury is going to plan and he will go back to his homeland, with club officials set to check his progress in December
Barcelona have revealed Lionel Messi's recovery from a hamstring injury is on track and that he will fly to Argentina for further treatment.

The 26-year-old tore the leg muscle in a 4-1 victory over Real Betis on November 10 and is in the midst of a two-month absence.

Medical tests confirmed Messi will spend around six to eight weeks on the sidelines during his rehabilitation, with the final part of his recuperation seeing him head home to his native Argentina on Friday.

The club have now confirmed that Messi will return to his homeland on Friday to undergo the final part of his treatment, with medical staff set to join him to check on his progress in mid-December.

"The latest tests on the player have shown that the recovery programme is going to plan," read a statement on Barca official website.

Barcelona crashed to a 2-1 defeat to 10-man Ajax in Amsterdam in Messi's absence on Tuesday.