Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is closing on a first team return at the Nou Camp.

Signed from Arsenal in August, the 24-year-old made a blistering start to life in Catalonia, scoring in the UEFA Super Cup win over Porto and then four consecutive La Liga matches at the beginning of the campaign.

However, the Spanish international suffered a right thigh injury in training at the start of October, ruling Fabregas out of domestic clashes against Sorting Gijon and Racing Santander, as well as Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Scotland.

He returned to training on Monday though, too soon to be incuded in Pep Guardiola's squad for the Champions League clash against Czech side Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday night.

A reappearance at the Nou Camp is expected on Saturday though, with the table-toppers hosting Sevilla and looking to maintain their position domestically.


Levante are the division's surprise package in second on goal difference, whilst rivals Real Madrid lurk ominously just a point further behind in third.

The injury news wasn't so positive for defender Gerard Pique though, with the former Manchester United defender set for a fortnight on the sidelines after injuring his thigh in the 3-0 win over Santander on Saturday.

He will hope to return for the clash against Real Mallorca on October 29th.

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