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Jordi Alba returns to Barcelona training ahead of El Clasico

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Gerard Pique also featured after an ankle knock

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Jordi Alba has given Barcelona a fitness boost by returning to first-team training on Friday after recovering from an adductor injury.

The left-back took part in some of the session although it’s not expected he will be fit enough to face Real Madrid on Sunday.

Gerard Pique also took part in the session and it looks like he will be OK to face Real Madrid after shrugging off an ankle knock picked up against Napoli in the Champions League.

The centre-back will partner either Samuel Umtiti or Clement Lenglet on Sunday, while Junior Firpo should continue in place of Alba.

Riqui Puig and Sergio Akieme were part of seven B teamers in Friday’s session and could be included in Quique Setien’s El Clasico squad.