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FC Barcelona News: 16 December 2011; Villa Out for up to Five Months, Barça Drawn With Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League

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Villa out for up to five months - Yahoo! Eurosport
Striker David Villa will be out for up to five months after breaking his left leg in Barcelona's 4-0 Club World Cup semi-final victory over Al Sadd of Qatar.The news also represents a setback for Spain as they prepare to defend their European Championship title in Poland and Ukraine next year.

Guardiola: "We’ll be waiting for Villa with open arms" | FC Barcelona
"Upset." That was the way Josep Guardiola described the atmosphere among the players right now. Not because of the match, which was a wonderful win in the Club World Cup semi final against Al-Sadd, but because of the loss of key striker David Villa to a serious tibia injury. The manager said "he has been working so hard and so long, but now will be without him for a very long time."

Zubizarreta: "Whenever there’s an injury like Villa’s, the rest is secondary" | FC Barcelona
He was clearly upset by the news that his star striker has fractured his left tibia. "Whenever there's an injury like Villa's, the rest is secondary," he said. Indeed, despite qualifying for the world final on Sunday against Santos, for the moment, it is as if nothing else matters.

Pedro: "We want to dedicate the title to Villa and Tito" | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez wants to dedicate the Clubs World Cup to David Villa, who was seriously injured against Al-Sadd in the semi finals. And also Tito Vilanova, the assistant manager who had a parotid gland operation recently and couldn't travel to Japan. "We want to dedicate this title to David and also Tito Vilanova, who is a very important person for us and who has such good relations with everybody".

David Villa's injury may be more of a blow for Spain than Barcelona | Sid Lowe |
As he chased a ball into the penalty area, he planted his left leg down. Hard. Look carefully at the replay and you could see the point at which his shin snapped forward below the knee. Medical reports confirmed a fracture in the left tibia. Barcelona are flying the striker back from Club World Cup in Yokohama for an operation. The early prognosis suggests a lay-off of four to six months.

Napoli drawn against Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 -
Meanwhile, Arsenal's dubious reward for topping Group F is a tie against reigning Italian champions Milan, who came off second best to Barcelona in Group H. Speaking of the Catalans, the reigning champions have been paired with Bayer Leverkusen. Barca's great rivals Real Madrid, meanwhile, must make the arduous trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow.

Alexis doubtful for final with muscle injury | FC Barcelona
One of yesterday's substitutes, Alexis Sánchez, was also missing after tests revealed that he has slightly strained the abductor in his left leg, making him doubtful for Sunday's final against Santos. Yesterday he came on as a replacement for David Villa, but later had to leave the field again, to be replaced by Cuenca.

Al Sadd v Barcelona | Sky Sports
Barcelona eased past Al-Sadd 4-0 in Yokohama to set up a FIFA Club World Cup final meeting with Santos. The European champions were in complete control from the first whistle to the last, although they were given a helping hand by Al-Sadd goalkeeper Mohamed Saqr.

Real Madrid faces troubling questions after loss to Barcelona -- Graham Hunter - ESPN
Mourinho's statistics against Guardiola make him look second-rate, which he's not. But while anyone can suffer when put under the heat lamp by some of the greatest football inquisitors Spain has ever produced, the Special One's inability to plot answers and to come up with an escape strategy must be worrying even Mr. Magoo.

Gremio reject Mario bids from Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow - ESPN Soccernet
Gremio director Paulo Pelaipe has revealed that Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow have both had offers for 21-year-old defender Mario Fernandes turned down by the club. Mario has impressed at right-back for Gremio since moving from Sao Caetano two years ago and his performances have not gone unnoticed, with a host of European clubs linked with his signature.

Perez - Jose appointment key | Sky Sports
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes his choice to appoint Jose Mourinho was his most important decision at Santiago Bernabeu. "The most important decision that I have made during my time as president has been to sign Mourinho because he has never flinched in the face of the challenge," he explained.

Manzano wants more time | Sky Sports
Gregorio Manzano wants more time to complete his Atletico Madrid project as pressure increased with a defeat against Espanyol. Los Colchoneros' head coach has struggled to turn his team's fortunes around this term and talk is rife that a new boss could be sought if the trend continues.

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