Spain World Cup winner Andres Iniesta has given Barcelona a timely boost by returning to training ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid.
Iniesta, 26, missed the 2-0 first leg win over Real and Saturday's 2-1 league defeat against Real Sociedad with a calf strain, but is now back running and training with his team mates.
"One day after the 2-1 defeat to Sociedad, the first team returned to work and the big news from the session was Andres Iniesta who began working with the group," read a statement on Barcelona's official website.
Reports in Spain suggest Iniesta will start on the bench in a welcome boost for coach Pep Guardiola, who has a string of players absent.
Barcelona are without Gaby Milito, Maxwell, Eric Abidal, Adriano, Bojan Krkic and Martin Montoya for the clash with Madrid.