Iniesta returns to full training

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, sidelined since the beginning of November with a thigh injury, resumed training with the rest of the squad on Friday, one day before the club faces archrivals Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Spain international strained his right thigh muscle during the second half of Barcelona's 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw against Group C rivals Basel at the Camp Nou on 4 November. After the match Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola said the injury was "very bad news for us".

Iniesta is not expected to hit the pitch during Barcelona's clash with Real Madrid on Saturday. Real, the reigning Spanish champions, are currently in fifth place in the league, nine points adrift of Barcelona.