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FC Barcelona News: 17 March 2011; Seven Players Miss Practice, Real Madrid and Chelsea Advance To Next Round

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Session with a lot missing | FCBarcelona
This Wednesday’s session was notable for missing players. Five players, Alves, Adriano, Maxwell, Pedro and Messi, all finished the match in Seville with injury problems. Also not present were the injured Puyol, and Abidal, who will have surgery this Thursday on the tumour on his liver.

Fontàs joins first team squad | FCBarcelona
Andreu Fontàs has been a key part of Luis Enrique’s Barça B defence and he made his debut for the first team on August 31st 2009, when he came on for the last few minutes against Sporting at the Nou Camp. He has continued to impress on his few appearances since then and the team have not conceded a single goal whenever he’s been on the pitch.

Xavi: "Abidal is an example to us all"
"This is the toughest time I've had at the club, but Abidal will get over it because mentally he’s one of the toughest people I know". Xavi Hernandez explained to the media, echoing the feelings of his teammates, after hearing about Abidal’s illness, which will force him to undergo surgery on Thursday.

Barca won't replace Abidal | Sky Sports
Barca have vowed to continue contract negotiations with Abidal's agent and vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says there will be no emergency signing. "We have decided not to sign anyone to replace Eric Abidal. (Andreu) Fontas will step up to join the first team," he told radio station RAC 1.

Barca - No Alves deadline | Sky Sports
Alves insists he is keen to remain at Camp Nou but has also expressed slight frustration at the lack of progress during negotiations. Bartomeu says the club have made no deadline with the Brazil international but insists they want to keep him in Catalonia.

Milan Considering Move For Barcelona's Maxwell - Report | Goal
Maxwell came through the ranks of the Cruzeiro youth academy, but kick-started his professional career at Eredivisie giants Ajax, and then moved on to Inter before eventually joining Barcelona in the summer of 2009.

Real down bogey side Lyon | Eurosport
Full-back Marcelo, red-hot Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria were on the scoresheet as Jose Mourinho's side finally beat the French club at the eighth time of asking to ensure their name will be in the hat for Friday's draw.

Distracted Chelsea ease into last eight | Eurosport
Chelsea, with one eye on Sunday's match against Manchester City, eased into the Champions League quarter-finals when a 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen on Wednesday secured a commanding 2-0 aggregate win.

Chelsea Linked With €35 Million Move For Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos | Goal
AS.com reports Roman Abramovich won't stop spending, and he is eager to bring in long-time target Ramos, 24. And Chelsea efforts could be boosted by Madrid's reluctance to offer the Spanish international a renewal to his current terms in which he earns around €3.5m per annum at the Bernabeu.

I Want To Stay At Real Madrid For Life - Sergio Ramos | Goal
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has shrugged off reports suggesting that Premier League champions Chelsea are interested in signing him, and the Spain international has made it clear that he's very happy at Santiago Bernabeu.

Samuel Eto'o - Zlatan Ibrahimovic Swap Was Great Business For Inter - Massimo Moratti | Goal
The 30-year-old attacker joined Inter from Barcelona in the summer of 2009 in a deal that saw Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic going the other way, and Moratti has hailed the transfer as a fantastic piece of business for the Italian club.

Sevilla seek return to glory years | Eurosport
Sevilla are currently eighth in the table - not good enough for the 40,000 match-going fans accustomed to top four finishes and cup victories aplenty. They have lost as many games as they have won in the league and while last Saturday's draw against Barca showed a spirit long since passed, they can forget about a top four finish this term.

Palop nearing return | LFP
Palop is reported to be faring well as he recovers from a wrist injury and undertook various exercises, ending the morning with a physiotherapy session.

Espanyol Ponder Bosman Swoop For Valencia's Vicente - Report | Goal
The Catalans are desperate to add some more experience to their squad in the summer transfer window and head coach Mauricio Pochettino supposedly sees the 29-year-old as a welcome addition to his squad.

Cuéllar facing three-week delay | LFP
The player underwent an MRI scan on Wednesday which detected a Grade II tear to his left hamstring. Cuéllar was substituted midway through the second half of Sporting's meeting with Villarreal at the weekend.

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