Barcelona medical chiefs are delighted with David Villa's progress in preseason training.

The forward will increase his work rate and physical conditioning in the team's upcoming training sessions in order to be match fit as soon as possible

Doctors Cugat and Pruna note that "he's doing very well medically, but he's not in optimal physical condition".

The striker fractured his tibia in the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Japan this December. Villa missed the second half of Barça's season and the Euro championship with the Spanish national team.