Barcelona have been boosted by Gerard Pique’s return from injury ahead of their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Pique has been out of action with a cruciate knee ligament issue since November, but he was able to return to training with the first team at the start of the week.
Ronald Koeman has now included the 34-year-old in his final squad for the Blaugrana’s first leg last-16 clash with PSG, which is set to take place at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
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Martin Brathwaite is also back in the fold after overcoming a hamstring problem, with Barca confirming the news via their official website: “Gerard Pique and Braithwaite have been discharged. The Barca centre-back has been called 87 days after injuring himself against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
“Thus, the Barca centre-back has already overcome the grade three sprain in the lateral ligament internal injury and the partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee that he suffered last November.”
The veteran defender has sat out 14 La Liga fixtures since then, including last weekend’s 5-1 win over Alaves, leaving Koeman with only Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet and Ronald Araujo to call upon at centre-back.
Pique has also missed Copa del Rey wins over Cornella, Rayo Vallecano and Granada, along with both of Barca’s matches in the Supercopa de Espana and their final three Champions League group-stage outings against Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros and Juventus. Continue reading