Barcelona, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Barcelona will return from the international break with a potentially tricky fixture against Sevilla at Camp Nou on Saturday.
The hiatus came at the right time for the Catalans, who could only snap a two- game La Liga slide with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Almeria last time out.
The poor spell of form coincided with an injury to star-midfielder Andres Iniesta. The Spain international sustained a leg injury against Real Madrid in El Clasico on Oct. 25 and missed Barcelona's subsequent two fixtures.
Iniesta has resumed training and could be fit to face Sevilla, but Barcelona will not be eased back into league play against a proverbial pushover.
Sevilla enters the weekend in fifth place on 23 points, just two points back of second-place Barcelona. The club has taken just one point from its last two games, but it will be eager to prove its merit as it continues its pursuit of a top-four finish this season.
Every club in La Liga is chasing Real Madrid, which enters the round atop the table with 27 points through 11 games.
Carlo Ancelotti's men have dismantled every opponent over the last two months, winning eight straight in league play by a combined score of 37-5.
Up next for Real Madrid is a road clash with Eibar on Saturday, a club that has managed to maintain an eighth-place position through 11 games back in the Spanish top flight.
Rounding out Saturday's La Liga slate, fourth-place Atletico Madrid will take on sixth-place Malaga at the Vicente Calderon while David Moyes will make his debut as Real Sociedad manager when he takes his side to the Riazor to face Deportivo.
Valencia enters the weekend in third place with 24 points, three points back of Real Madrid for top spot. The club will aim to keep pace with the Galacticos by taking maximum points from a road clash at Levante.
Also on Sunday, Celta Vigo will hope to continue its fine start to the season with a positive result at Rayo Vallecano, Elche and Cordoba will hope to climb out of the relegation zone when they do battle at the Martinez Valero and Villarreal will attempt to extend its one-point lead over Getafe with maximum points at El Madrigal.
Monday's lone contest will see Almeria head to Granada while Friday's match saw Artiz Aduriz, Borja Viguera and Ander Iturraspe produce goals in Athletic Bilbao's 3-1 defeat of Espanyol.