Gerardo Martino: 'Lionel Messi has the look of a killer'

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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Gerardo Martino says that Lionel Messi "has the look of a killer" as the forward continues his recovery from injury.

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has said that Lionel Messi "has the look of a killer" as he recovers from injury.

Messi has been missing from action with a thigh injury sustained in Barcelona's 4-1 triumph over Real Betis in November, but Martino has revealed in a press conference that Messi is nearing full fitness and looks hungry to return.

"He's come back really well and he's had three good training sessions. He has the look of a killer," said Martino.

"He's lacking the rhythm of training with his team-mates, but he's done more work with the ball.

"We are looking at when he will be ready to play."

Messi is due to return for Barca in January and the Argentina captain has targeted an injury-free 2014.

Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Cartagena during their Copa del Rey match on December 17, 2013
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