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French defender returns to the squad after recovering from surgery to remove a tumour and so does the Spanish attacking midfielder, who missed last week’s fixture

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has included midfielder Andres Iniesta and defender Eric Abidal for their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.

Iniesta has recovered from a calf strain that kept him out of their semi-final, first-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. The Spain international also missed Barca’s weekend clash with Real Sociedad that they lost 2-1.

Left-back Abidal too returns for the Spanish champions. The Frenchman has not played since mid-March after the discovery of a tumour on his liver. Abidal subsequently underwent surgery to have it removed, and has now recovered.

Barcelona won the first-leg 2-0 last week, thanks to a second-half brace from star striker Lionel Messi.

The squad list in full:

Goalkeeper: Valdes, Oier

Defenders: Abidal, Puyol, Alves, Pique, Bartra, Fontas.

Midfielders: Mascherano, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Iniesta, Xavi, Keita, Afellay.

Forwards: Messi, Villa, Pedro, Jeffren.


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