17 February 2012

Xavi, low almost certain to face Valencia

He trained at the gym on Thursday and could be reserved for the visit to Calderón.

The presence of Xavi Hernández in Sunday's league match against Valencia is almost ruled out. Azulgrana midfielder, who last Sunday's training to fall back from his injury in the soleus of the right leg and could not participate in the match against Bayer Leverkusen, held yesterday with a specific work of physiotherapists in the gym the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

If when Guardiola was able opted reserve on the bench last week in Pamplona, now that is 'touched' the soleus logic dictates that the second captain Azulgrana continue to benefit from rest. And with the return of Andres Iniesta, who has already played as a starter on Tuesday after having overcome his injury, Keita and the return of the African Nations Cup, the coach azulgrana does not have much need to force Xavi.

Terrassa midfielder has played just two of the last six games of Barça: 70 minutes against Villarreal in El Madrigal, and 90 against Valencia in the second leg of the Copa del Rey at the Camp Nou. If it is important the game against Valencia to try to close the gap, it will equal or visit the Vicente Calderón next weekend. The fact that Barça has no competition during the week will allow the second captain to enjoy more rest to recover, just before playing in the Manzanares.

Since Simeone took over the team, Atletico still undefeated. A nice touch of the positive streak is that Atletico won 1-3 yesterday in the field of Lazio in the Europa League. Consequently, and considering that the main thing is to not take risks with Xavi, is more than likely that Pep reserves to Terrassa thinking against Valencia at the Calderón. (via MD)