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Fabregas: Set to return

Fabregas: Set to return

Barcelona and Real Madrid will lock horns for the 224th time in all competitions on Tuesday for a place in the Copa del Rey final.

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The two sides played out a 1-1 draw in their semi-final first-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu in the middle of February, with Barca taking the advantage into this week's encounter after earning a priceless away goal.

The match will also count as a dress rehearsal for this weekend's La Liga El Clasico, with Madrid looking to somehow make up for the 16-point lead their bitter rivals hold over them at the summit.

On the team front, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and Xavi should all return to the starting XI for Barca after being rested for this weekend's win over Sevilla.

Adriano, though, will face a late fitness test following a hamstring strain, but proves to be assistant coach Jordi Roura's only injury concern.

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, is boosted by the returns of Xabi Alonso (groin), Karim Benzema (knee) and Raphael Varane (muscle strain), while Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Angel di Maria are available after missing the first-leg through suspension.

Kaka will also be hoping for a starting role after netting in the 2-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday.

Posted: 25/02/13 16:07

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