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Barcelona defender Dani Alves back for the team's Champions League opener against APOEL

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona defender Dani Alves has recovered from a left knee problem and has been included in the team's squad for its Champions League opener.

PHOTO: FC Barcelona's Dani Alves, center, controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Apoel in a group F Champions League on Wednesday Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona's Dani Alves, center, controls the ball during a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. FC Barcelona will play against Apoel in a group F Champions League on Wednesday Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has also included Brazilian back Douglas for the first time since his signing.

Barcelona plays Cypriot club APOEL at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique has dropped Spain internationals Pedro Rodriguez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, along with Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano, from the squad that beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Saturday.

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