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Cuenca closer to Barca return

Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca has been given the green light to resume his career after over seven months on the sidelines through injury.

The 21-year-old underwent surgery on his right knee last May, and although he returned to training in late November, he was not given the medical all-clear to return to competitive action until today.

Barca, who suffered their first Primera Division defeat of the season on Saturday, play Malaga on Thursday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, having drawn last week's first leg at the Nou Camp 2-2.