Barcelona cap­tain Ini­esta fit for Cla­sico

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Barcelona cap­tain Andres Ini­esta is avail­able to play against Real Madrid in the first Cla­sico of the sea­son on Satur­day at the Nou Camp, coach Luis En­rique said yes­ter­day. The 32-year-old mid­fielder dam­aged knee lig­a­ments last month and re­turned to train­ing on Fri­day. “Andres is wait­ing to be given the all clear by the doc­tors but this is just a for­mal­ity. He is fit and he has been train­ing with us,” Luis En­rique told a news con­fer­ence. “He is avail­able for se­lec­tion.” The Spain in­ter­na­tional missed Sun­day’s 1-1 draw at Real So­ciedad, a re­sult that left Barca six points adrift of La Liga lead­ers Real Madrid, who are un­beaten in 31 games in all com­pe­ti­tions. Ini­esta will not travel to Ali­cante for Barca’s King’s Cup round of 32 first-leg match against Her­cules on Wed­nes­day. “Andres is not play­ing to­mor­row be­cause he is banned but had he been avail­able, he would have had minutes,” Luis En­rique said. Sun­day’s re­sult in San Se­bas­tian was Barca’s se­cond suc­ces­sive draw in La Liga. “It’s ob­vi­ous that we need to im­prove, that we need more con­sis­tent but I don’t see any signs to worry me too much,” Luis En­rique said. “The team is well and we got a point at La Real. We are still favourites to win all the ti­tles but it’s clear that we have to im­prove. — Reuters

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