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Lionel Messi will not be rushed back - Busquets

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Lionel Messi will return to action '100 per cent' fit and will not rush himself back into first team action, according to his Barcelona team mate Sergio Busquets. 

The Argentine has been sidelined for two months following a hamstring tear suffered in the La Liga champions' 4-1 victory over Real Betis last weekend. 

He's suffered hamstring injuries before, most notably before last season's Champions League semi-final encounter with Bayern Munich, but was hurried back into the starting XI.

However, Busquets knows their star man will not make the same mistake again. 

He told Barca's official website: "He's intelligent, he knows what he needs to do. This is not a short-term injury.

"He's going to recover as well as possible, and he will do so calmly. He knows what he needs to do better than anyone else, and he knows that rushing things can lead to complications.

"When he comes back he'll be 100 per cent fit."

Messi is Barcelona's all-time leading goal scorer having notched 327 in 333 appearances for the Catalans, but his injury-ravaged year may count against him when the five-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or is announced in early December. 

Despite this, Busquets believes Messi is the best in the world regardless of whether he wins footballs most coveted individual accolade for the fifth season running. 

Busquets added: "For me the number one is Messi. He doesn't need to win the treble or finish as the leading goal scorer in La Liga.

"The criteria for awarding the Ballon d'Or are not very clear to me, but it's obvious an attacking player will win it. 

"All the nominees are great players."

The Ballon d'Or is awarded in January, with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery widely tipped as the front runners the claim the prize. 

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