Messi cleared for Barca opener
BARCELONA, Spain (AP)
Barcelona's team doctors have cleared Lionel Messi to play in the club's Spanish league opener against Levante.
Barcelona says Messi has recovered from a strained muscle in his left leg from last weekend and will take the field on Sunday.
The Argentina forward missed several games at the end of last season due to a nagging right hamstring injury.
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas and forward Pedro Rodriguez have also recovered from injury in time to play for defending champion Barcelona.