Updated: Friday, 17 January 2014 04:15 | By Agence France-Presse

Messi makes first start on injury return

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi will make his first start of 2014 after being included in Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino's starting line-up for the second-leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie away to Getafe.


Messi makes first start on injury return

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on January 11, 2014 - by Gerard Julien

Messi made a spectacular return from two months out in the first-leg at the Camp Nou last week as he scored twice as a second-half substitute to give Barca a commanding 4-0 lead.

And he also played the entire second period in Barca's 0-0 draw against joint La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Brazilian forward Neymar also returns to the starting line-up for the first time in four matches as Martino makes nine changes in all from the side that started against Atletico.

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