03 April 2012

20 players named to the squad ahead of the Barça-Milan clash

Guardiola has named 17 first-team footballers plus Muniesa, Tello and Montoya from Barça B to the FC Barcelona squad for tomorrow's showdown with AC Milan at the Camp Nou.

Ibrahim Afellay, who turned 26 today, also trained with the team this afternoon.

The Camp Nou is ready for the Champions League. This Monday, FC Barcelona completed their penultimate session before the decisive match against AC Milan. Guardiola trained with 20 footballers: 17 from the first team plus Muniesa, Montoya and Tello from Barça B. Therefore, the Barça manager will have to discard two players before tomorrow’s Champions League showdown.

Ibrahim Afellay, as well as Éric Abidal, trained with the team despite having the medical all-clear. The Dutchman, who turned 26 this Monday, gave a speech to his teammates before the session, and received an standing ovation when he was done.

However, Xavi Hernández did not train with the team today. Guardiola, during the pre-match press conference, said: “he’s been having issues with his calf muscle for the past two days, we decided to not run any risks by making him train. He’ll undergo further tests tomorrow morning. He’s been named to the squad, which means that he could play.”

The team will train on Tuesday at noon at the Camp Nou. (via FCBarcelona.com)