Messi returning to Argentina for treatment

The Barcelona star's recovery from a hamstring injury is on track as he goes back to his homeland, with club officials set to check his progress in December.
Barcelona has announced that 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 Nov. 10. Medical tests confirmed Messi will spend 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's medical staff is set 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's official website.

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