Barcelona foward Lionel Messi officially returned to full training on Monday.

The Argentine took part in the first training session of Clasico week, five days before the  play at Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season.

Messi, who has been sidelined since sustaining a knee injury against Las Palmas on September 26, was joined by Ivan Rakitic, missing since November 4, for Monday’s session, according to Barca’s official website.

The Football star was expected to miss the weekend’s crunch clash at the Santiago Bernabeu but his involvement in training will raise Barca hopes that he could be set for a timely return from injury.

Barca B Coach Gerard Lopez disclosed that Messi had completed training with his teammates and said he had seen positive sings from the Argentine player.

Earlier on Monday, Barca B coach Gerard Lopez revealed Messi had been training with his squad and said he had seen positives signs from the 28-year-old.

“Leo completed training. He looked good and I am glad that the recovery is positive,” Lopez said, according to Sport.

“He looked happy and lively.

“Messi adapted to our training and even helped with tactical aspects to prepare the team,” he said.

“I am delighted that we could have him for two sessions and that he didn’t have to lose two days of recovery work.”