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Milito ready to come back

Following their victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona received more good news on Monday. Gabriel Milito is now fit to return to the first team, and fellow defender Rafael Marquez has agreed a contract extension that runs until 2012, the European champions revealed on their club website.

Argentina international Milito missed the whole of last season after tearing ligaments in his right knee in the Champions League semi-final against Manchester United in April 2008.

He played 45 minutes in a friendly against Bolivian side Bolivar two weeks ago, and medical staff have now given him the all-clear to return to first-team action.

Marquez signed a two-year extension to his contract, keeping the buy-out clause fixed at 100 million euros ($150.4 million).

The Mexico international is the eighth Barca player to agree a new deal this season after Yaya Toure, Victor Valdes, Pedro, Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal and Andres Iniesta.

"I am pleased to renew my contract at the club where I feel very loved,'' he told the club's website.

"[I have to] rediscover my best form in order to try to get back into the first team, although the competition is tough. I believe I still have a lot of chances to be in the starting XI.''

President Joan Laporta was equally delighted to have secured the services of someone he considers "an iconic player''.

Laporta added: "[He is] a man who has always been committed to the team and the club and has shown a great respect for the club. I think he is one of the great defenders in the history of FC Barcelona.''

Marquez joined the Blaugrana from Monaco in 2003 and has made 227 appearances in all competitions for the Catalans.

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