Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has returned to training after three weeks out through injury.

The Spanish international suffered a hamstring strain in the 2-2 draw with AC Milan in the Champions League, and has been unable to train or play since the incident at the Nou Camp.

However, medical staff gave the 27-year-old the all clear at the start of the week, and having been left out of the national side to aid his recovery, Iniesta has started training again under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola.

"After pulling a hamstring against AC Milan on September 13, Iniesta is back to full fitness," Barca said in a statement on their club website

He is in contention to face Racing Santander at the Nou Camp next Saturday.


 

The injury news was less kind for Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, who is set to miss six months of action after undergoing surgery on torn ligament in his left knee.

Afellay suffered the injury in training last week ahead of Barcelona's 1-0 win over Sporting Gijon, and had featured twice for the Catalan club this season before the injury.

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