Barcelona says Lionel Messi will begin a period of physical rehabilitation to complete his recovery from a leg injury.

Barcelona says medical tests "confirmed the good progress" of Messi's left hamstring tear and that now he will focus on building up the strength in his leg.

Messi hasn't played since hurting his leg on Nov. 29. Barcelona expects him to return to the pitch in early January.

He is recovering in his home country of Argentina.