16 December 2011

Alexis doubtful for final with muscle injury

It is not clear whether the Chilean will be fit in time for the final against Santos on Sunday (11.30, GMT+1).

Al-Sadd beaten in the semi finals of the Clubs World Cup, FC Barcelona got back to work today. As usual, the players that started the game worked out in the gym, while the others had a full session on the Yokohama Marinos training ground on a warm December morning in Japan.

One of yesterday's substitutes, Alexis Sánchez, was also missing after tests revealed that he has slightly strained the abductor in his left leg, making him doubtful for Sunday's final against Santos. Yesterday he came on as a replacement for David Villa, but later had to leave the field again, to be replaced by Cuenca.

Without David Villa, who has returned to Barcelona, Josep Guardiola decided the players can now rest until Saturday at 13.30, when they will have a training session at the same as they did the day before facing Al-Sadd. (via FCBarcelona.cat)