The medical team at Barcelona will not one to make a mistake in the next two weeks as they try to get Xavi Hernandez fit to return for the trip to Italy to play AC Milan in the Champions league on February 20th. It looks like being a close run thing as the prognosis for the length of time he will miss is 15 days, giving just one extra day to play with.
The Spanish international will miss the friendly against Uruguay in Qatar on Wednesday, along with the two Primera Liga games against Granada and Getafe. The 33-year old midfielder picked up the injury in the last minutes of yesterday’s battling draw in Valencia. Barcelona looked a little weary, and the rest could actually help Barca in the long run, as long as he does get back in time.
With a big lead already in La Liga, Barcelona will not worry too much about not having Xavi for the next two games, but the away trip to Milan could be crucial. We need a good performance and hopefully a win, because the home leg comes shortly after two vital games against Real Madrid, in the Copa Del Rey and the league, which could take a lot out of the players.
A talent like Xavi would be missed at any time, but at such an important part of the season, it could be really dangerous, so I hope he is being wrapped in cotton wool right now.