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“The fact that he’s playing is definitely the news of the day,” Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta is back after missing two games because of a strained calf.

Both teams are coming off losses: Real Madrid 3-2 at home to Zaragoza and Barcelona 2-1 at Real Sociedad, which stopped the Blaugrana’s league unbeaten streak at 31 games, one short of Real Sociedad’s record.