Ini­esta fit for El Cla­sico

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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 did not travel to Ali­cante for Barca’s King’s Cup round of 32 first-leg match against Her­cules overnight.

“An­dres is not play­ing 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.

“We, the play­ers and I, are aware of that and are the first to ad­mit that. We’ve had good games but we’ve lacked con­sis­tency as the re­sults show. But I wouldn’t ex­ag­ger­ate.

“Re­mem­ber that in my first year (2014-15) the press also ex­ag­ger­ated with our re­sults and we went on to win the tre­ble (La Liga, King’s Cup and the Cham­pi­ons League).” – Reuters

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