Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has revealed that his only wish for the New Year is to enjoy an injury-free 2014, according to Goal.
The Argentine endured a frustrating 2013, as a hamstring injury left him on the sidelines since November.
Messi should have performed to par to boost his individual record ahead of the 2013 Ballon d'Or, just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery - but he was limited by the unforeseen injury.
Now, the 26-year-old looks set to return to action for Barcelona clash with Elche on January 5.And he hopes it is the beginning of a prosperous and injury-free year.
Messi told Argentinian TV show Mundo Leo: "There are many important things in the human part, but sports-wise what I ask for 2014 is a year without injuries.
"The goal now is to be physically fit and the idea is to get a couple of practice sessions with my team-mates before playing again.
"After celebrating the end of the year with my people, next Wednesday, January 1, I'll fly to Barcelona and, after my arrival,we'll see when I'm ok to play again."
Barca did well in Messi's absence as they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League without their star man. With newly recruited Neymar filling the big shoes of Leo and helping the Spanish giants do well in the Argentine's absence.
However, the Spanish Champions have seen their lead at the top of La Liga whittled down - as the club is levelled on 46 points with second-placed Atletico Madrid.
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