Reuters, Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:23 PM
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
will make his Barcelona debut in a friendly against Manchester City on Wednesday after recovering from a hand fracture.
"He's in good shape and we are planning on him (Ibrahimovic) playing a part," Coach Pep Guardiola
said at a news conference on Tuesday. Ibrahimovic joined
from Inter Milan last month in a swap deal with Samuel Eto'o but has been sidelined following surgery to the injury he sustained while on tour in the United States with the Italian champions.
Forward Lionel Messi
, who had a thigh muscle strain, has also been cleared to play in the Joan Gamper Trophy match, the club's traditional pre-season curtain
raiser at the Nou Camp.
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