Iniesta makes return to action in Clasico and takes Barcelona armband from Messi

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The Spain international had been out of action since October, with his Argentine colleague skippering the side for the first time against Real Madrid in his absence

Andres Iniesta made his return to action for Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

The Spain international had been sidelined since October with a knee complaint.

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Having been welcomed back to training in the week building up to a crunch meeting with Los Blancos, the World Cup winner was eased back into the fold with a starting position on the bench.

Luis Enrique waited until just before the hour mark before turning to the midfielder, with Ivan Rakitic making way.

Iniesta was given a rousing welcome by the Catalan natives upon his introduction, with the 32-year-old inheriting the captain’s armband.

Lionel Messi had skippered Barca for the first time in a Clasico fixture in the absence of his club captain, but was more than happy to pass the baton back to his illustrious colleague.

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