Barcelona captain Carles Puyol returns to training ahead of Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid - report

Colossal Spaniard was forced out of Saturday's draw with Jose Mourinho's side with muscle injury, but could hand Pep Guardiola a massive boost ahead of Wednesday's final

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Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could yet had Pep Guardiola another fitness boost ahead of their Copa del Rey final clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday, after the Spaniard reportedly returned to training.

The defender, who returned in Saturday's draw with Jose Mourinho's side after a spell on the sidelines, was withdrawn in tehe second half after seemingly picking up a muscle complaint in the Bernabeu.

But Marca report that the World Cup winner trained alone of Monday as he looks to prove his fitness for the second of four Clasico's in the space of eighteen days.

It remains to be seen whether Puyol will be fully fit in time for Wednesday evening's clash at the Mestalla but his inclusion in the squad alone would be a massive boost for the Catalan outfit.

In other good news, Frenchman Eric Abidal also made his return to training following the successful operation on a liver tumour last month.

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