FC Barcelona’s medical department have revealed that Xavi Hernandez has been given a specific training regime to work on over this week’s sessions in a bid to be fit enough to play a part in Saturday's La Liga match against Granada.
The midfielder has suffered a strain to his left hamstring, although the good news is that there is no tear in the muscle. No recovery time has been determined as of yet, and it is dependent on how the player responds to these sessions.
Barcelona forward Christian Tello is also a doubt for this weekend after suffering an ankle injury in training today.
Other news from the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper is that in-form midfielder Cesc Fabregas has rejoined the first team after the knee injury he picked up in the last league game and should be fit for this weekend where he will likely be moved into a more attacking role in the absence of top-scorer Lionel Messi, who misses out with a long-term hamstring injury.
Defenders Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique remain apart from the first team while they recover from thigh and hamstring injuries respectively.
Boss Tata Martino has had a handful of players from Barca B to help make up the
numbers in the absence of the club’s international players who are all expected
back for training on Wednesday afternoon.
League leaders Barcelona will be looking to maintain their 13-match unbeaten run against 8th placed Granada at Camp Nou. The match kicks-off at 3pm (GMT) on Saturday afternoon.
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