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Barcelona handed Pedri, Jordi Alba fitness boosts ahead of Benfica tie

Barcelona handed Pedri, Alba fitness boosts ahead of Benfica tie
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Barcelona duo Jordi Alba and Pedri return to team training ahead of the Blaugrana's Champions League battle with Benfica on Wednesday.

Barcelona have welcomed Pedri and Jordi Alba back to team training ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie with Benfica.

The Spanish duo have not featured for the Blaugrana since suffering injuries in the opening European defeat to Bayern Munich, with Pedri suffering a thigh problem while Alba tweaked his hamstring.

Ronald Koeman has been forced to call up several youngsters in Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Nico Gonzalez to compensate for the absence of the duo recently, although Balde is also in the treatment room with back pain.

However, Marca now reports that Pedri and Alba participated in a team session with no issues on Monday, and both men could be in contention to feature at the Estadio da Luz.

The Blaugrana giants' infirmary is still well-occupied, though, as Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite and Balde all remain sidelined.

On a brighter note, Ansu Fati has now returned to action after 10 months on the sidelines and took all of 10 minutes to score in his comeback game against Levante.

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