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Barcelona saw one of their stars eager to return on Monday...

Lionel Messi returned to training with Barcelona a week before he was scheduled to and now hopes to be included in the club's pre-season trip to London.

The Argentinian was given until July 27 as holiday, but he has chosen to start working again on Monday and joined the squad for the medical examination at the club's training ground.

After helping Barca to win the treble last term, Messi's last competitive game was for Argentina on June 10 against Ecuador and he was told by the Catalan side to rest and relax.

Just over five weeks appears to have been enough for the diminutive star, however, and he made the surprise comeback and looked eager to be playing once more.

Barcelona go to London this week to face Tottenham Hotspur and Al Ahly in the Wembley Cup, before jetting off for three matches in the United States.

Barcelona's other international players will return next Monday and go to America, and coach Pep Guardiola is set to promote some B team players to make up the numbers before then.

Messi's father, Jorge, told the media before the Champions League final that his son was looking forward to a holiday as he had not had a long break for three seasons.

Lucas Brown,