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FC Barcelona News: 25 March 2011; Abidal Returns Home, Xavi To Make His 100th Cap

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Abidal back home | FCBarcelona
According to the Club doctors, Abidal: "will continue the recovery process at home and it is estimated that he will be able to begin physical exercise in four weeks’ time and then later to rejoin the squad training sessions".

Messi stats keep getting better | FCBarcelona
Pedro and Keita have both made as many appearances as Messi, but have played a lot less, because the Argentinean normally makes it through the whole 90 minutes, In fact, he’s only been subbed once all season – for the last five minutes of the 5-0 win over Betis, and has started in 36 of the games.

I Want To Continue Playing For Spain At Least Until 2014 World Cup - Xavi | Goal
"I'm focusing on qualifying for Euro 2012 at the moment, but that's not my only objective. I'm eager to feature at the 2014 World Cup as well. "I'm still enjoying my football and plan to do so for several more years. I hope to be as enthusiastic then as I am now."

100 Caps For Xavi - The Heir To Raul's Crown Of Spain's Greatest Ever Player | Goal
Xavi will make his 100th appearance for La Furia Roja in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic, making him only the fourth player ever to reach a century of caps for the Iberian nation, pushing him to within two of Raul's total. In what is a golden generation, none have done more to establish Spain's position among the most revered international sides ever than the 31-year-old master craftsman, and only as his career developed was his influence truly accepted, and established.

Barça look to the future | FCBarcelona
Dani Alves became the seventh squad player to sign up until 2015 this week, joining Iniesta, Piqué, Pedro, Bojan, Sergio Busquets and Afellay. As for the best player in the world – well the Barça fans can sit back and enjoy Leo Messi for a while just yet, as his current contract runs until 2016.

Higuain 'back very soon' | Eurosport
"For the first time he played in a little training match with the players of Real's reserve team," Mourinho said. "He played 60 minutes. Obviously he is not 100 per cent, but he is on his way. I don't know if he will be there for the match against Sporting (Gijon, April 2 or 3) but if he is not, he will be back very soon.

Real Madrid's Iker Casillas: Only A Title Will Make This Season Successful | Goal
The Spain international, who will be involved in the Euro 2012 qualifier against the Czech Republic tomorrow, insists their season at club level will be incomplete if they fail to win a single trophy as they challenge for La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

Diego López hits record | LFP
Consistency is the key for Villarreal goalkeeper Diego López who has completed 110 consecutive Liga BBVA appearances. The keeper has not missed a single league game since 27th April 2008.

Sevilla Keen On Lille's Gervinho - Report | Goal
The Nervionenses are in the market for attacking reinforcements because of the departure of Luis Fabiano earlier this year and they reportedly consider the 23-year-old Gervinho to be the perfect addition to their front line.

Sevilla Join Race For Bolton's Johan Elmander - Report | Goal
Los Nervionenses will allegedly battle Fenerbahce, Fiorentina and Juventus for the services of the 29-year-old hitman. The Sweden forward has been in good form this season, and is the Trotters' leading scorer with nine goals in the Premier League. He has also claimed two goal of the month accolades and collected the player of the month award for November.

Guardado focused on Depor | Sky Sports
Sunderland are the latest club reportedly interested in bringing the highly-rated Mexico winger to the Premier League. Bolton and Aston Villa have previously been connected to the 24-year-old, who is valued at around €10million euros.

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