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Iniesta returns from injury for Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) -- Andres Iniesta had been passed fit to return to action for Barcelona after recovering from a thigh injury and could return for the city derby at Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday.

The Spanish international damaged a thigh muscle in the King's Cup just before the winter break and missed their Cup last-16 first leg win over Osasuna on Wednesday.

"He's been passed fit so it is almost certain he will make the squad," coach Pep Guardiola told reporters. "As you all know I never decide the team until the last minute. We'll see how they all are tomorrow."

Iniesta's return means long-term injury victims David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay are the only players unavailable to Guardiola.

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