Puyol to be fit to face Real Madrid

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The Independent Football

Barcelona defenders Carles Puyol and Gabriel Milito have recovered from injuries to be included in the squad to play Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg tomorrow.

Spain international Puyol missed the King's Cup final defeat to Real last week and Saturday's league victory over Osasuna with a muscle strain but returns for the third Clasico in the space of 12 days.

Milito, who tweaked a muscle in the cup final, has also recovered but Brazilian full-back Maxwell misses out with a groin problem. Coach Pep Guardiola now has options in defence despite Eric Abidal and Adriano Correia also being out.

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