FC Barcelona News: 15 February 2013; David Villa Released from Hospital, Dos Santos Given Medical Clearance

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Barcelona's David Villa discharged from hospital a day after he was re-admitted | Sky Sports
The 31-year-old went into hospital for the first time to have the stones removed on Monday and was released a day later, only to return on Thursday to be kept under observation. The club confirmed in a statement on their official website on Friday morning that the Spain international had now left hospital.

Xavi Hernández: "The team’s good enough to win and keep on winning" | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández insists that the squad is working flat out in training despite the absence of first team manager Tito Vilanova, with whom he’s in frequent contact by mobile phone, and stresses that the players are 100% committed to the work being carried out by assistant coach Jordi Roura.

Adriano Correia: "I’m feeling really good this season despite the small injuries" | FC Barcelona
One of Adriano Correia’s main objectives this season is to win as many trophies as possible. On a personal level he told us: "I’m feeling really good this season despite the small injuries". Now that he’s put those injuries behind him he’s looking to "make it to the end of the season in as good shape as possible".

Spotlight on Granada Club de Fútbol | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona hosted Granada at the Camp Nou on September 22nd of 2012 for Week 5 of La Liga. Granada were surprisingly daring in Barcelona and they nearly nicked a point from the match if it hadn’t been for a last-gasp shot from Xavi. Barça increased its lead on 91 minutes when Boja Gómez diverted a cross into his own goal. The match ended with 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Granada-Barcelona Statistical Preview | WhoScored.com
Xavi might be missing, but Andrés Iniesta was phenomenal in a deeper position last weekend, and he will surely standout once again as part of the midfield trident. Lionel Messi has scored in 13 consecutive matches in the league, though it was a narrow win for the Catalans last time they were in Los Cármenes.

Nolito undaunted by Barcelona clash - Goal.com
The winger is confident ahead of facing the Liga leaders but remains wary of the Blaugrana's ability to score at any moment Granada winger Nolito says he and his team-mates are undaunted by the prospect of facing Barcelona on Saturday.

Dos Santos given all-clear | Football Espana
Barcelona youngster Jonathan dos Santos has been given the all-clear by doctors after three weeks out with an ankle injury. The Mexican international has been sidelined since the middle of January with sprained ligaments in his left ankle. But club medics have today given the 22-year-old the go-ahead to resume full training.

Bojan Krkic relishing Barcelona Champions League clash - ESPN FC
"I have wanted to play and score against Barca," he told RAC1. "But not out of anger or bitterness, which I do not have, but in order to help my team-mates. "Would it be a point of vindication? Yeah, but for the importance of the game. To not play in the 2011 Champions League Final at Wembley really hurt me and I did not get a chance.

Levante sweep aside Olympiakos with stylish win | Sky Sports Football
The Spanish outfit had lost five of their last six in league and cup prior to this clash but goals from Pedro Rios, Jose Barkero and Obafemi Martins earned Juan Ignacio Martinez's men a notable scalp against a side who were playing in the Champions League group stages before Christmas.

Rubin Kazan were shock 2-0 winners away at Atletico Madrid | Sky Sports Football
Atletico Madrid's hopes of retaining their Europa League title suffered a huge blow after they were defeated 2-0 by Rubin Kazan in the first leg of their last-32 clash, despite playing for half the game with an extra man.

Real Madrid up against history but José Mourinho remains bullish | Football | The Guardian
"It is still 50-50," Mourinho said. "My confidence has not dropped, not even by 1%." On the other side, meanwhile, Phil Jones was saying much the same thing, except that his was a message of caution. Asked if United now find themselves in the better position, he responded succinctly: "No, not really."

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid draw Manchester United - Sid Lowe - SI.com
In the second half, Manchester United handled Ronaldo better, particularly when he drifted right rather than left. But the man who was playing his former team for the first time, inevitably the center of attention, did score the goal that drew Madrid level -- arguably the game's most significant single moment.

Crunch week looms for Mourinho's Real Madrid after draw - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"I am not feeling any pressure," Mourinho said at a news conference after Wednesday's showdown at the Bernabeu. "I do serious work, I give my all and I go home satisfied with what I have done and with my head held high," added the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager.

Giant killers Rayo out to storm Bernabeu - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
They narrowly avoided relegation last season after coming up from the second division but under the guidance of coach Paco Jemez and fired by the goals of captain Piti and fellow forward Leo Baptistao, they have become a genuine force, with wins at Valencia, Athletic Bilbao and Malaga.

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