Messi back in training, could return early from broken arm

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Lionel Messi was originally expected to miss nearly a month after breaking his right arm on Oct. 20, but now appears intent on returning in nearly half the time.

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The Barcelona superstar missed a Champions League victory over Inter Milan last week followed by Sunday’s El Clasico destruction of Real Madrid, but returned to light training on Wednesday, 11 days after suffering the injury.

Messi isn’t in the squad to face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey round of 32 on Wednesday, but his return to training signals the possibility he could be available to face Rayo Vallecano in La Liga action on Sunday.