Stricken Barca defender could return this season

Barcelona's Argentina defender Gabriel Milito, who tore a right knee ligament in May last year, could reappear before the end of the campaign but is more likely to make his full return next season.

"I am optimistic that we will see him playing a part in some games this season because the recovery is going well," surgeon Ramon Cugat told Catalunya Radio.

"The ideal would be to see him play a few minutes when the league is decided. We have to take it slowly." Milito had surgery on the same knee ligament in 2001.

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