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Gerard Pique returns to Barcelona training ahead of Real Valladolid clash

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The defender is back after knee trouble

FC Barcelona v Sevilla - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Gerard Pique was involved in part of Barcelona’s training session on Wednesday morning as the team gear up for Monday’s La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The center-back has not featured since suffering another knee injury in the Copa del Rey semi-final win over Sevilla at the start of the month.

However, he does now appear to be close to a comeback and should be able to play a part in Barcelona’s run-in.

It’s not clear if Pique will be ready in time for Monday’s match, but he’ll be keen to return for the game after which is against Real Madrid on April 10.

Elsewhere, Sergi Roberto is expected to be passed fit some time this week after returning to training after a thigh injury.

It will be interesting to see what Ronald Koeman does when he has all his defenders available again. The Dutchman has switched systems recently to use three center-backs, which has worked well, and looks set to continue with his new formation.