Barcelona star David Villa fit again for cup tie against Malaga

22 January 2013 01:46

Striker David Villa will be available for the Barcelona squad for Thursday's Spanish Cup match against Malaga after two weeks recovering from a thigh strain, the club said.

Club doctors cleared the 31-year-old goalscorer to play in the second-leg King's Cup quarter final match after overcoming the strain in his right thigh, Barcelona said in an online statement.

Top Spain goalscorer Villa had missed three games, including Barcelona's 2-2 first leg against Malaga last week and their 3-2 defeat by Real Sociedad on Saturday -- their first loss of the season.

He had spent several months out last year after breaking his left leg in December 2011.

Winger Isaac Cuenca, 21, was also back training with the team Monday after eight months out with a knee complaint, the club said.

The Spanish league leaders were nearly back to a full squad, still missing two defenders -- injured Marc Muniesa and Eric Abidal, who is back training with the squad after recovering from a liver transplant

Source: AFP