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Pedri passed fit for Barcelona’s Champions League clash at Benfica

But still no Jordi Alba for the Catalan giants

FC Barcelona v Bayern München: Group E - UEFA Champions League Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that Pedri has been passed fit for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Benfica after recovering from a thigh injury.

The 18-year-old has not featured since the defeat to Bayern Munich on September 14 but is included in the squad travelling to Portugal.

Sergi Roberto has also been given the green light after missing the win over Levante due to illness, but there’s not return yet for Jordi Alba who remains sidelined.

The return of the duo will give Koeman more options for what’s an important game for Barcelona after kicking off their group stage with defeat to Bayern Munich.

However, Dutchman may also have one eye on another big league match at the weekend with Barcelona heading to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to face Atletico Madrid.

Early reports suggest that Pedri won’t start at Benfica but Koeman does have plenty of midfielders available with Frenkie de Jong back from suspension and joining Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Riqui Puig, and Nico Gonzalez in the squad.