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.
Tito Vilanova will be pinching himself after Real Madrid lost again on Saturday. Jose Mourinho was left fuming as his team were unable to score a goal at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Sevilla had taken the lead after two minutes from the first corner of the game. Higuain was the most guilty with some wayward shooting and he was lucky not to be sent off after kicking out petulantly after being robbed of the ball by a determined Sevilla team. Di Maria could also have seen red and was subbed to make sure he didn’t.
He was voted the best player of the European championship and also the UEFA player of the year ahead of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, so any team would like to have him in their ranks, bit FC Barcelona will have to do without Andres Iniesta this weekend.
The 28-year old midfielder has a muscle problem and could miss the next three games for Barca, Getafe away, Spartak Moscow in the champion’s league and Granada at the Nou Camp. It is a worry for Tito Vilanova, as Getafe are a bit of a bogey team for the Catalans especially on their own ground. The statistics also show that Barcelona are much more likely to drop points when Iniesta is absent.
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova will have a full strength squad to choose from for Saturday’s trip to Madrid to play Getafe in La Liga. Captain Carlos Puyol has not joined up with the Spanish national team, but has been training in a specially designed mask. Medical experts believe he will have recovered from his the broken cheekbone he picked up against Osasuna two weeks ago.
Thiago Alcontara has recovered from his cracked Tibia but is short of match fitness, not having appeared since May. He could be used as a substitute if Barca are comfortable in the match. Vilanova will not be taking anything for granted, especially as Getafe have already beaten Real Madrid.