As per a report in Spanish publication AS, Barcelona summer signing Thomas Vermaelen has finally been passed fit by doctors to play for the club.
The Belgian international was formerly club captain at Arsenal before trading the Gunners for the Nou Camp last summer in a €10 million deal.
It was a rather bizarre move from Barca, especially considering his previous injury problems at the Emirates and the acquisition of fellow central defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia.
Still, expectations were high regarding Vermaelen’s arrival, though one setback after another has resulted in the 29-year-old spending the last 10 months sidelined.
Vermaelen had surgery on his right hamstring following the World Cup in Brazil, and with just six weeks of the campaign remaining, he has finally been passed fit to start for Luis Enrique’s side.
“Thomas Vermaelen, Barcelona’s Belgian defender, has been given the all clear by club doctors in respect of the injury he picked up at the World Cup last summer in Brazil,” the AS report states.
Vermaelen played 150 games in all competitions during his five-year stay with the Gunners, proving to be one of the finest centre-backs in the Premier League.
However, despite being passed fit, it’s still unlikely that we will see the defender involved this season as Barca have plenty of defensive options heading into the business end of the season.
Luis Enrique’s side can still complete a memorable treble this season as they top La Liga, face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final and are to contest the Copa del Rey final.