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.
It was a rare sight to see the normally happy and smiling Lionel Messi shouting at his team mate and strike partner David Villa on Saturday night. The incident came after Messi felt that Villa should have played him in but it was a difficult situation and there were defenders all around the two players.
Messi was frustrated in the game but at his own form as much as by anyone else. The club and the players insist that there is no problem between the two and it is something which happens in the heat of the moment. Messi himself insisted that he was just desperate to get the first goal against a strong and determined Granada.
The Barcelona manager, Tito Vilanova, has been very careful with The Spanish international striker David Villa so far this season. The front man has played just 63 minutes of football so far this season, despite being passed as fully fit. His time has been spread evenly over four games, coming on as a substitute against Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Getafe and Spartak Moscow. The prolific Villa has already scored twice and his manager is now prepared to unleash him from the start tonight when Granada come to the Nou Camp.