- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Barcelona right back Aleix Vidal has been cleared to play 3 1/2 months after a gruesome displacement of his right ankle.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique included Vidal in his squad on Saturday for the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves.

It was at Alaves on Feb. 11 when Vidal injured his leg after a sliding challenge from Theo Hernandez. He hasn’t played since.

His recovery beats the forecast by team doctors of five months.

Barcelona’s first-choice right back, Sergi Roberto, is suspended for the final.

Barcelona also cleared center backs Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano to play from short-term injuries.

Luis Enrique could start either versatile midfiedler Andre Gomes, Mascherano or Vidal at right back in the cup final.


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