11 May 2012

Pinto to miss Betis match

The goalkeeper has sprained his right ankle and will not be travelling for the team’s last game of the season away to Betis.

Guardiola is taking 15 first team players, which include Keita and youngsters Oier, Tello, Montoya and Bartra.

Alexis, meanwhile, is still sidelined and also misses the trip to the Benito Villamarín.

osé Manuel Pinto did not train today due to a sprained ankle, and following treatment has been discounted from the side to face Betis on Saturday at 22.00. Guardiola has called on Barça B’s Oier Olazabal as a replacement in the squad of 19 that will travel south to Seville. The 15 first team players, including a recovered Keita from his soleus injury, are joined by Bartra, Tello, Montoya and the aforesaid Oier from the B team. Piqué and Cuenca, who were both declared fit on Tuesday, are returning to the first team squad.

Puyol is out, and has an operation on Saturday, while Alexis is still not fully recovered from his hamstring injury. Longer term absentees Villa, Fontàs and Abidal are also missing.

The side had their last training session before facing Betis on Friday, although future first team manager Tito Vilanova is still away with a virus.

The session started with hearty congratulations for Andrés Iniesta, who is 28 today. (via FCBarcelona.com)

The squad

Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Keita, Sergio, Pedro, Afellay, Adriano, Cuenca, Oier, Tello, Bartra and Montoya.