Gerardo Martino pleased with Jordi Alba return

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino reveals his happiness at the return of Jordi Alba.

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has revealed that he is "very happy" to have Jordi Alba available for selection once more.

The left-back, who has missed the majority of the season with a thigh injury, returned to action in the club's 4-1 win over Cartagena in the Copa del Rey last week.

"He's had two consecutive injuries that have kept him out so far. He played longer than he perhaps should have played in the last game, but he did very well," Martino told reporters at a press conference.

"We're very happy to have him back in the group. We already know what he brings to the team. He has excellent individual technical ability and he's very unsettling for opponents."

Alba, 24, is not expected to be risked for the Champions League clash with Celtic on Wednesday.

Head coach FC Barcelona Gerardo Martino reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between AC Milan and Barcelona at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 22, 2013
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