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Friday, February 02, 2007

Eto'o is back to lift Barcelona's chances in the Champions League

African star Samuel Eto'o has returned to full training for FC Barcelona ahead of this month's encounter with English club Liverpool in the Champions League.

Indeed, the Cameroon frontman missed the last four months after damaging knee ligaments against Werder Bremen.

As we know, Eto'o returned to training yesterday and is set to make his long-awaited return in the league game against Racing Santander on February 11th.

In fact, the popular player is having a lighter workload than his team-mates but club physios are delighted with his progress.

According to the doctors, he is expected to start on February 21st in the first leg of the knout stages against the Reds in the Nou Camp.

It's good to mention that Eto'o has bagged 60 goals in 89 games for the European champions since joining from Real Mallorca in 2004.

Actually, the Catalan team have continued their march towards a third straight title despite Eto'o's absence and lead second-placed Sevilla by four points.

Barcelona might also unleash striker Lionel Messi against Santander in a race against time to reach match fitness for the game with Liverpool.

The talented Argentine broke his metatarsal in November and returned to Spain today after working on his recovery in Argentina.

As we all know, Messi's compatriot Javier Saviola has taken his chance for the league champions with five goals last month including a hat-trick in the 3-2 triumph over Alaves.