Messi to come back like a bull, says Fabregas

The Spain international has little doubt that the prolific attacker will immediately be a key figure for Barcelona again

Cesc Fabregas is confident that Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will be in lethal form again once he returns from injury.

The star forward has been recovering from a hamstring injury in Argentina and has not featured for the Catalan club since a 4-1 victory over Betis on November 10.

However, Barca confirmed Messi's return to training on Thursday and Fabregas expects the attacker to come out fighting on his comeback.

"He definitely needed to rest physically because he had already suffered this injury and there was no other option than to stop playing," Fabregas told Marca.

"He had four or five injuries in a row in a muscle that he uses a lot in accelerating from a standstill, which is what sets him apart. He had to stop no matter what but he'll be like a bull when he is back."

Messi's absence has increased the pressure on Neymar, but Fabregas feels the 21-year-old is finding his feet at the club.

"Scoring is all about streaks," he continued. "Right now the goals are going in for Neymar and that will give him a bit more confidence, stability and composure in the penalty area.

"As time passes his importance to the team will increase. He is 21 and he will develop from game to game. The confidence will make him a better player."