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Barcelona coy over Pique's fitness for El Clasico

Published on Oct 7, 2012 7:45 AM

MADRID (REUTERS) - La Liga leaders Barcelona will wait until the last minute to make a decision on Gerard Pique's fitness for Sunday's visit of champions Real Madrid, said coach Tito Vilanova.

The central defender picked up a foot injury in the Champions League two and a half weeks ago and has been left out by Spain for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus on Friday and France four days later.

Pique returned to training with the Barca squad on Saturday afternoon but Vilanova was cautious about rushing him back for a high-profile match against Real.

"Pique has been out of action for quite a few days," Vilanova told a news conference.

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