Milito returns after long layoff

MADRID - Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito, who has been out with a serious knee injury, played his first match for more than 18 months on Wednesday morning.

"I had a very good feeling after such a long time out," he told Barca TV after playing the first half of a 4-1 friendly win over Peruvian side Bolivar.

"I am making very significant progress even though I know I am still locked in the recovery phase," the Argentine added. "I don't know (when I will play a competitive match) but it'll take a while yet."