Gerard Pique is back in the Barcelona squad for Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain
at the Camp Nou.
Pique makes a miraculous recovery to feature in the squad against PSG. The central defender sustained
a long-term knee injury in a loss at Atletico Madrid in November and his return to the fold is weeks,
if not months, ahead of the date originally anticipated.
Pique has been out of action with a cruciate knee ligament issue since November
Ronald Koeman has now included the 34-year-old in his final squad for the Blaugrana’s first leg last-16 clash
with PSG, which is set to take place at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Pique – has 553 first-team appearances and a plethora of trophies since returning in 2008 –
Pique was forced to undergo an extensive rehabilitation program after leaving the pitch following
a freak collision with Angel Correa during Barca’s defeat to Atletico Madrid on November 21.
The veteran defender has sat out 14 La Liga fixtures since then, including last weekend’s 5-1 win over Alaves,
leaving Koeman with only Samuel Umtiti, Clement Lenglet, and Ronald Araujo to call upon at center-back.
Pique has also missed Copa del Rey wins over Cornella, Rayo Vallecano, and Granada, along with both of Barca’s
matches in the Supercopa de Espana and their final three Champions League group-stage outings against
Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros, and Juventus.