Lionel Messi is expected to captain Argentina in their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier against Colombia after receiving the all-clear from Barcelona's medical staff.

"The player has been given the medical all-clear," said a statement released by Barcelona on Friday.

The 25-year-old hasn't played since aggravating a hamstring injury in Barça's 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid on 12 May. However, he now looks set to return for his country as they try to move to a step closer to qualification when they face the Colombians in Buenos Aires.

"His leg is okay. He looks quick and capable of taking on defenders, but we need to see how fit he is after so long without playing," Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella said on Thursday.

La Albiceleste currently lead South American qualification with 24 points from 11 games, five ahead of Colombia, who sit third, having played a game fewer.