25 May 2012

Alexis and Pinto are given medical clearance to play ahead of tomorrow's Copa del Rey Final

The striker and the keeper were named to the squad ahead of tomorrow's Cup clash with Athletic.

Guardiola will take the whole team to Madrid with the exception of Abidal: 16 first-team players, 4 injured players and 4 Barça B players.

On day before the Copa del Rey Final between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona, the Azulgrana managers unveiled the list of players named to the squad. Just as expected, Alexis Sánchez and José Manuel Pinto, both of whom have been working with the first team this week, were given medical clearance to play and were named to the team. There are also four Barça B players in the squad: Montoya, Bartra, Dos Santos and Tello. Alves, Puyol, Abidal, Fontàs and Villa will not feature in tomorrow’s match.

Pep Guardiola will take the whole team to Madrid, with the exception of Éric Abidal.

Barça completed their final training session ahead of tomorrow’s Cup Final this Thursday afternoon. The technical staff decided to hold the closed-door session at the Camp Nou instead of at the Ciutat Esportiva. Planas and Oriol Rosell, both Barça B players, trained apart from the group. (via FCBarcelona.com)


[The squad]
Valdés, Piqué, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Pinto, Mascherano, Keita, Busquets, Pedro, Afellay, Adriano, Cuenca, Montoya, Bartra, Dos Santos and Tello.

Alves, Puyol, Villa and Fontàs, all of whom are injured, will also travel with the team to Madrid.