Messi looks set to return against Atlante

BY foxsports • December 16, 2009

Lionel Messi looks set to return from an ankle injury for Wednesday's Club World Cup semifinal against Mexican club Atlante.

Assistant coach Tito Vilanova says Messi could be on the bench and "make an effort if necessary" after the Argentina forward felt fine following Tuesday's training session.

Midfielder Seydou Keita, meanwhile, remains a game-time decision.

Messi injured his right ankle a week ago and subsequently missed Saturday's victory over Espanyol.

Estudiantes awaits in Saturday's final, which Barcelona is hoping to reach and achieve a historic sweep of six major trophies following Champions League, Spanish league, Copa del Rey, European Supercup and Spanish Supercup triumphs.

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