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Fabregas fit for Milan clash

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Fabregas to return for Barcelona. (©GettyImages)
Fabregas to return for Barcelona. (©GettyImages).

Pep Guardiola says Cesc Fabregas will be available for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against AC Milan.

The Barcelona midfielder missed last week's 0-0 draw at the San Siro with a back problem and had been a doubt for the return game.

Fabregas also sat out Saturday's 2-0 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao but Guardiola has revealed that the former Arsenal captain was only rested as a precaution.

And the Barcelona manager insists his £29million summer signing is fit and available for selection ahead of the visit of the Serie A leaders.

"Cesc had a problem in the sacrum (a bone at the base of the spine) on Thursday," said Guardiola.

"We've dealt with it and today (Saturday) he was better. So, even though we were forced to leave him out, he will be there against Milan on Tuesday."

Fabregas has fond memories of facing Milan in the Champions League after scoring a spectacular late winner for Arsenal at the San Siro in 2008.

He is expected to go straight into the starting line-up with Barcelona looking to break down a stubborn Italian side that performed so admirably in the first leg.

Victory at the Nou Camp would set up a semi-final meeting with either Chelsea or Benfica.

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