Barcelona have been given a boost, with Lionel Messi stepping up his recovery from injury, MySportDab reports.
Messi missed Barcelona’s pre-season as well as their first game of the campaign – a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao – owing to a calf strain.
However, in a video posted by OTRO, the Argentine star was seen undertaking running, shooting and strength drills on sand as he edges closer to a return.
The 32-year-old practised kicking the ball to a trainer, while he also tested his shooting technique by hitting balls that had been placed on top of cones into a goal.
Messi was sorely missed against Bilbao, while the injuries suffered by Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have made Barcelona’s situation even worse.
Barcelona’s next game is at home to Real Betis on Sunday, with Messi facing a race against time if he is to be fit for that fixture.