Barcelona has been given a boost ahead of their Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund as Lionel Messi returned to training with the group today.

Lionel Messi, who returned to an adequate training session with his Barcelona teammates today had been out of football action for six weeks amidst a thigh problem he suffered while representing his country Argentina.

His last competitive outing was for Argentina in the Copa America third-place play-off victory over Chile, a match in which he was controversially sent off. He was doing solo exercises to build up his fitness and sat out the LaLiga champions‘ first training session on Wednesday but was pictured with the rest of his team-mates later in the day.

The team captain returned to pre-season late, after the manager Ernesto Valverde conferred him an extra break following the Copa America.

However, a persistent problem with his health has hampered his start to the La Liga, with the 31-year old missing the first four matches of the 2019-20 season.

Valverde has now authenticated that the Argentina international has returned to full training with the team, and will be part of the travelling squad to face the German side Borussia Dortmund in their first Champions League group stage match on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, he is doubtful to play against the Bundesliga side, with Valverde tending to keep hold with Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and teenage star Ansu Fati.

Barcelona 22-year-old winger Ousmane Dembélé he still on the sidelines for at least a month due to a femur injury. The Frenchman played their opening season match against Bilbao that ended 1-0 in favour of their opponent, he sustained his injury in the contest.

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