Barcelona have confirmed Carles Puyol has been given permission by the club's medical staff to return to playing after surgery on his knee.
The totemic skipper missed the end of last season and the European Championships - where Spain successfully retained their title - after his operation in May.
A statement on club website www.fcbarcelona.cat read: "The captain, who trained with the team last week, successfully recovered from his knee injury and was given the medical all-clear this morning.
"This morning, Carles Puyol was given the green light to play by the club's medical services. The captain underwent surgery on the 12th of May to correct an osteochondral injury in his right knee.
"The surgical arthroscopic process was performed on the captain in order to clean out the his knee joint.
"Puyol joined training last week and he completed a couple of sessions with the group. The captain was one of the eight players that underwent medical tests this morning."
Meanwhile, 20-year-old defender Marc Muniesa will undergo surgery tomorrow after damaging knee ligaments during the club's opening pre-season friendly against Hamburg last Tuesday.
The Spain Under-21 international suffered the injury at the start of the second half of the 2-1 victory and tests the following day confirmed he snapped the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The club announced on their website today they expect the player to be sidelined for around six months.