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Everton on the cusp of Europa progress

Everton about an hour ago
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Dec 15, 2009

Leo Messi could be fit in time for Atlante clash

Lionel Messi's chances of lining up for Barcelona against Atlante in their Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday have increased after the player trained on a private beach.

Messi, who twisted his right ankle in Barca's match away to Dynamo Kiev last week, trained for an hour on the beach, part of the hotel complex where the team are staying, and had a dip in the sea to cool down.

"He's better, much, much better," coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday. "His ankle is looking good and he's showing good spirits. He worked well (in training) and tomorrow we will decide."

A message on the club's official website added: "The plan is that he will be back on the pitch this afternoon and a part of the session will be with the rest of the group."

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