Barcelona, Madrid welcome injured players back

AP, Thursday 13 Oct 2011

Barcelona and Real Madrid expect key players to be available for Spanish league play this weekend, with Andres Iniesta set to return to the Spanish champion’s squad Saturday against winless Racing Santander

Andres Iniesta
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta sits on the pitch after sustaining an injury during their Group H Champions League soccer match against AC Milan at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona (Photo: Reuters)

Iniesta is training again after injuring his left leg in a Champions League game against AC Milan last month and the Spain international’s return could give Barcelona a boost with Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Ibrahim Afellay all injured.

Barcelona is joint-top of the table with early season surprise Levante, which plays Malaga on Sunday.

Real Madrid, one point behind the co-leaders, host Real Betis Saturday with Karim Benzema, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao set to return. Defenders Raul Albiol and Ricardo Carvalho are injured.

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