FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that club captain and influential midfielder Andres Iniesta has returned from injury and is fit and firing on all cylinders ready for the upcoming El Clasico held at Camp Nou on Saturday, December 3.
Iniesta, 32, has made just eight appearances this season but has contributed one goal and three assists in that period.
He has not played since a 3-2 victory over Valencia in late October, a game where he damaged the ligaments in his knee, but he has made a recovery and is ready to compete once more.
"Andres is waiting to be given the all clear by the doctors but this is just a formality," manager Luis Enrique is quoted by Sky Sports to have said. "He is fit and he has been training with us.
"He is available for selection," he reiterated.
Second place Barcelona trail table-topping Real Madrid by six points as they have suffered two losses already, with three further draws against their eight wins in 13 league games.
It is therefore crucial that Barcelona do not drop further points at home to bitter rivals Real this weekend and the return of Iniesta will only boost their cause.
Ahead of El Clasico is a Wednesday evening Copa del Rey clash at Hercules but Enrique confirmed that even though he'd like to field Iniesta, he cannot: "Andres is not playing tomorrow because he is banned," he said.