Dida recovery confounds no experts

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To the surprise of nobody Dida has recovered from his trauma at Parkhead on Wednesday and will play at Lazio tomorrow. The Milan goalkeeper collapsed after being touched by a pitch-invading fan towards the end of the Champions League defeat to Celtic .

"He is still first choice," the Milan director general Ariedo Braida said when asked if Dida may be omitted to avoid embarrassment. Milan will again be without injured pair Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo.

The defending champions, and leaders, Internazionale, host promoted Napoli today with the suspended Maicon adding to a list of injured absentees, which includes Marco Materazzi, Patrick Vieira and Olivier Dacourt. The clubs immediately below them, Juventus and Fiorentina, meet in Florence tomorrow. Juve fans are banned following trouble before last week's derby with Torino.

Arjen Robben and Robinho are doubtful for Real Madrid's home match with Recreativo Huelva tomorrow but the league leaders should have Christoph Metzelder back. Barcelona, in fourth, are without Yaya Touré and Rafael Marquez at home to Atletico Madrid.

Villarreal and Valencia, level second, respectively travel to Racing Santander tomorrow and host Espanyol tonight. Several kick-off times in La Liga remain uncertain because of a continuing dispute over television coverage.

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