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FC Barcelona News: 24 October 2011: Levante move top, Carles Puyol misses Granada match

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Levante are ahead of Real and Barca to everyone's surprise
Levante are ahead of Real and Barca to everyone's surprise

Who predicted Levante to be the sole leaders of the Liga BBVA after eight matches? The Valencia-based club are still aiming to avoid relegation, despite their astonishing start to the season, which continued yesterday with a win over Villarreal. In FC Barcelona news, Carles Puyol will miss tomorrow's match with Granada along with Gerard Pique. Brilliant...

 

MADRID (Reuters) - Tiny Levante's bid for La Liga survival has started so well they are surprisingly clear of Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top the standings for the first time in their 102 years.

 

Phil Ball examines how the role of ball-playing centre-back has been key for this season's La Liga high fliers.

 

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has furiously denied accusations that he racially abused Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute in Saturday's 0-0 La Liga draw.

 

BARCELONA, Spain - Defender Carles Puyol will miss Barcelona's game at Granada on Tuesday as a precaution due to a problem in his groin area. Gerard Pique will also be out as the centre back continues his recovery from a leg injury

 

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been fined by coach Jose Mourinho after he turned up late for training on Monday morning, even though he was caught in a traffic jam in the Spanish capital.

 

Valencia midfielder Sergio Canales is facing three to six months on the sidelines after partially tearing a ligament in the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Canales, 20, joined Los Che from Real Madrid on a two-year loan with an option to buy at the end of the contract and has impressed at the club despite only netting one goal.