FC Barcelona News: 28 August 2012; Carles Puyol Resumes Training, Best Start Ever for Lionel Messi

A broker cheekbone won't stop The Captain.

Puyol will train with the team on Tuesday despite broken cheekbone | FC Barcelona
Medical tests confirm that Carles Puyol has fractured his right cheekbone, according to the report released by the team’s Medical Services this morning. The captain will maintain a conservative recovery plan, but he will join his team-mates for tomorrow’s training session. His recovery will mark his availability for the return leg of the Spanish Supercup against Madrid on Wednesday.

Messi and Alves, four unbeaten years at the Bernabéu | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona first team has been to the Santiago Bernabéu seven times in the last four seasons and had not lost once. The best Real Madrid have managed are a couple of draws. Dani Alves and Leo Messi are the only players that have appeared in all of these games at the Bernabéu.

Best ever start for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has started this season on even better form than ever. The Argentinian has scored five goals in three official matches (two in La Liga and one in the Spanish Supercup), which is even better than his goalscoring stats for other seasons. In the first three official games in previous seasons, four has been his best tally, achieved in both 2011/12 and 2010/11.

Piqué ready to offer his best | FC Barcelona
"The season couldn’t have got off to a better start. Six out of six in the league, and a good result in the Supercup. We played better against Madrid than what we got, but it’s always hard to beat them". Gerard Piqué is pleased with the way things are going under Tito Vilanova, but there is still room for improvement.

Stuttering Real seek Super Cup fillip - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Jose Mourinho's stuttering side, still seeking a first league win of the season, need to overturn a 3-2 deficit from last week's first leg when they host Barca at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Sunday's shock 2-1 reverse at city neighbours Getafe came after a 1-1 home draw with Valencia in their opening La Liga game.

Milan end Kaka chase | Sky Sports
Real are prepared to let him leave and find regular games elsewhere, but their asking price and the sizeable salary involved are making transfer negotiations difficult. Milan have found that out the hard way and Galliani says they are ready to turn their attention elsewhere.

Big win for Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports Football
The Colombian opened his account for the season with a brilliant individual effort on 19 minutes and had his second just before half-time as he slotted home Diego Godin's fine cross at the back post. Athletic continued to offer little resistance after the break and Falcao completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot just shy of the hour mark before Tiago rounded things off with a stunning strike.

Perez at the double | Sky Sports Football
Victor Perez twice scored from the spot as Valladolid emerged from a bad-tempered clash with Levante to win their first home game back in the Primera Division. The 24-year-old, who scored eight goals last season to help the Pucela to promotion, was on target in the 38th and 48th minutes on a fiery night in the north of Spain.

Zaragoza bag Babovic | Sky Sports
Real Zaragoza have bolstered their squad by signing Serbian midfielder Stefan Babovic on a three-year contract from Partizan Belgrade. Babovic started his career at Partizan before leaving for city rivals OFK in 2006, and he subsequently took in spells with Nantes and Feyenoord.

Official: Villarreal sign Pandiani on one-year deal - Goal.com
Villarreal have announced that they have completed the signing of Walter Pandiani for the 2012-13 season. The veteran striker will be presented to the fans on Tuesday during an open event at the Entrelineas Restaurant, which is attached to El Madrigal, the club's stadium.

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