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Jordi Alba and Gerard Piqué Ready for Atlético Madrid Match

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The two were not on the pitch for the draw against Las Palmas

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Jordi Alba missed out through suspension while Gerard Piqué was rested in FC Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Las Palmas, but the two are said to be near certainties to return for the pivotal clash with Atlético Madrid.

Alba went through great lengths to receive a booking Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Girona, which meant he had to miss the Las Palmas match but his yellow card count was reset. Meanwhile, Piqué was rested, in part over concerns that his knee injury was still lingering. However, the medical staff has told Ernesto Valverde that Piqué’s knee is fine.

Barcelona are just five points ahead of Atlético, which makes this match potentially league-defining,