Barcelona defender Kounde returns to training ahead of El Clasico

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Jules Kounde has not played for Barcelona in almost a month due to injury, but he may be in contention to face Real Madrid this weekend.

Barcelona defender Jules Kounde has returned to training in a huge fitness boost for Xavi’s side ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Real Madrid

The 23-year-old has not played for Barca since the 3-0 win over Elche on September 17 after picking up a thigh injury on international duty with France.

Barca have not given a timetable for Kounde’s return, but head coach Xavi hinted earlier this week that the centre-back was a chance to start against Madrid on Sunday.

And the former Sevilla man joined training at the Ciutat Esportiva on Thursday to ease the Catalan giants’ injury woes a bit.

In addition to Kounde, who has started five times for Barca since officially registering at the end of August, Memphis Depay, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin and Ronald Araujo were also on the sidelines.

Xavi’s side drew 3-3 with Inter on Wednesday to leave their UEFA Champions League hopes in jeopardy, but they are level on points with Madrid at the LaLiga summit having won seven league games in a row and kept six clean sheets. those.

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