Barcelona have allayed injury fears concerning Lionel Messi.

The 23-year-old missed Argentina's friendly with Costa Rica this week because of a worry over his right groin, but Barcelona are satisfied it is nothing serious and he could yet face Villarreal on Saturday.

"Leo Messi arrived this morning at Barcelona, along with his team-mates (Diego) Milito and (Javier) Mascherano," read a club statement.

"After completing tests the doctors have ruled out any adductor muscle injury in his right leg.

"The player will continue physio treatment until Saturday and will then be evaluated ahead of the match against Villarreal."

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