Vermaelen cleared to play in Barca run-in
Thomas Vermaelen's injury nightmare appears to be at an end after he was given the green light to play in Barcelona's Liga run-in.
The Belgium international moved to Camp Nou from Arsenal in the close-season, but has yet to make his competitive debut for Luis Enrique's side.
Vermaelen joined Barcelona already nursing a hamstring injury.
The centre-back briefly returned to training in September only to discover he would require surgery and he went under the knife in December.
Barcelona confirmed in a statement on the club's official website that Vermaelen has received medical clearance and he will provide valuable experience for a Barca side still chasing the Liga, UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey titles this season.