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Barcelona biggies reunited

AFP
Published : Sep 9, 2016, 11:43 pm IST
Updated : Sep 9, 2016, 11:43 pm IST

FC Barcelona’s Neymar (left) stretches while Lionel Messi looks on at a training session at the FC Barcelona-Joan Gamper Sports Centre in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, on Friday. (Photo: AP)

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FC Barcelona’s Neymar (left) stretches while Lionel Messi looks on at a training session at the FC Barcelona-Joan Gamper Sports Centre in Sant Joan Despi, Spain, on Friday. (Photo: AP)

Barcelona’s fearsome front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar could join forces for the first time in four months against Alaves, while Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Real Madrdid return on Saturday.

Neymar has missed Barca’s 100 per cent start to the season due to his efforts in leading Brazil to Olympic gold on home soil, but returned to Spain for the first time since May after more international duty in World Cup qualifying this week and is expected to start at the Camp Nou.

Messi is a much bigger doubt after missing Argentina’s clash with Venezuela in midweek due to a groin problem. The five-time World Player of the Year has played a limited part in training in recent days and coach Luis Enrique is likely to be cautious for the first of seven games in 22 days for Barca.

Andres Iniesta has also returned to training following a knee injury and will battle Arda Turan and Denis Suarez for a place in midfield as both have impressed early in the campaign.

Ronaldo makes his long-awaited return at the Santiago Bernabeu against Osasuna earlier on Saturday in what will be his first appearance since suffering ligament damage in his left knee during Portugal’s 2016 European Championship final win over France.

Location: Spain, Madrid