After nearly 2 months on the sidelines, it looks like Leo Messi is set to return at just the right time.
On Saturday, El clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona looms large at 12:15 ET. And it looks like Messi will be involved.
Messi injured his leg about two months ago and right from the moment he did, everyone was wondering whether or not he would be ready in time for this match. It's the biggest rivalry in world football, second to none, and it just wouldn't be the same without Messi.
Messi returned to training this week and reports have surfaced that he is looking healthy as ever and ready to return. Superstar striker Luis Suarez confirmed, saying that Messi looked great on the training ground.
No surprise there.
Like each time these two teams play, there is a lot at stake. This is not just about the rivalry; each time they meet goes a long way to deciding who will be the champions of La Liga.
Even though it's early in the season and Atletico Madrid loom well within striking distance, it seems to be a two horse race, as it seems to be virtually every season.
Barcelona are undefeated in the league so far after 11 matches and hold a three point advantage over Real Madrid. This is a huge opportunity for them to open up a big lead in the table and having Messi would seriously improve their chances.
However, with the match being played at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will hope to have the upper hand with a home crowd cheering them on.
If Messi is 80% fit, would you play him and try to gain a six point advantage in the table? Or would you rather be conservative, play for a draw on the road, and make sure Messi is fully healthy before returning?