FC Barcelona News: 9 November 2012; Carles Puyol Returns To Full Training, Super Depor in Financial Trouble

David Ramos

Puyol back in Barca training | Football Espana
Carles Puyol returned to full training with Barcelona on Friday at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva complex, reports Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish international dislocated his left elbow in a 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica last month but has since made remarkably good progress.

Celtic 2-1 Barcelona: a famous victory | Zonal Marking
It’s easy to question their lack of a plan B, a tall central striker – but after some excellent late rallies this season by sticking to their short passing approach, it’s an unreasonable criticism. Instead, they simply didn’t play their own style well enough - it’s one of those matches where Iniesta, while extraordinarily able to come up with key contributions on the biggest occasions, didn’t show his class against individually inferior opponents.

Champions League: where Barça stand | FC Barcelona
Barça’s defeat in Glasgow and Benfica’s win over Spartak have somewhat changed the state of play in Champions League Group G. Barça are still top with 9 points, but Celtic are just two behind on 7, while the Portuguese side has 4 points and the Muscovites have 3. Here we analyse what it all means for FC Barcelona’s chances:

Barça return to Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova, who decided to give his players the day off this Thursday, will lead the team in a training session tomorrow afternoon ahead of the Liga match against Mallorca, which is scheduled for Sunday at 17.50. The closed-door session will be held at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Dani Alves will talk to the press after the training session.

Control, crosses and shots in defeat at Celtic Park | FC Barcelona
Barça had 80% of the possession on the day when they completed 4 and a half years without defeat in this category. Since then, they have had the most possession in all 266 matches that they have played. The visitors made 902 passes, while the home side made 122.

Coentrao resumes Real Madrid training - Goal.com
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a timely boost ahead of Sunday's trip to Levante, after Fabio Coentrao made a return to training. The defender picked up a groin injury while away on international duty with Portugal last month, and has been out of action ever since.

Higuain facing a month out at Madrid | Football Espana
The Argentine international had to be substituted after 15 minutes of the Champions League game and, according to Marca, tests have confirmed the injury is worse than at first feared, meaning El Pipita will be sidelined for a minimum of 21 days.

Depor restructuring to avoid administration - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Deportivo...have started the negotiations that preface a meeting with creditors and to reach an agreement on a re-financing package," Lendoiro told a news conference late on Thursday. "The tax authority have embargoed practically all our income. "The tax authority has received more than 20 million euros from us in 2012. Deportivo have offered to pay the outstanding debt over the next 10 years, if they lift the embargoes."

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