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FC Barcelona News: 4 March 2011; Puyol Returns To Training, Cristiano Ronaldo Injured

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15:  Carles Puyol of Spain strikes the ball during a training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Carles Puyol of Spain strikes the ball during a training session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Puyol joins the group | Eurosport
25 players took part in the 1st team session at the Joan Gamper training ground on Thursday, amongst them Carles Puyol, who, despite working away from the group in the first part of the session, joined his teammates towards the end for the first time since being injured in late January.

Stats from another win for the record books | FCBarcelona
With the 1-0 win in Valencia, Barça has broken a new all-time record of away wins. Here are some stats from the match between Valencia and FC Barcelona.

Arsenal's Samir Nasri: We Can Defeat Barcelona | Goal
The Gunners won the first leg of their last-16 tie 2-1 at the Emirates last month and a draw at Camp Nou will be enough for them to get through. The second leg in the Catalan capital is next week and ahead of the encounter Nasri says that this time, unlike last season when they failed to overhaul the Spanish champions in the last-eight, they can do the job.

Piqué: "We are in a very good position" | FCBarcelona
Now it’s time to think about the next game, Zaragoza, who visit the Camp Nou on Saturday. They play against Barca after beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1. Piqué warned that "they’ll be highly motivated in the Camp Nou…. We have to concentrate on this match to carry on the good work".

Valdés: "Barça’s fans have made me stronger" | FCBarcelona
Juan Carlos Unzue, former Barça goalkeeping coach, taught him to learn from the criticism. With Unzue, he had to go over the mistakes: "The truth is that I didn’t really like doing it. I used to be a person who didn’t take criticism very well, but now I try to see the positive side".

Ronaldo injury blow for Madrid | ESPN
A statement on the club's official website read: "Cristiano Ronaldo has a Grade 1 muscle injury on the left biceps femoris muscle (hamstring). The player will miss 10-15 days. His recovery is being monitored.''

Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho Heaps Praise Upon Karim Benzema | Goal
"Karim Benzema is playing much better in recent weeks. He is a completely different player from the footballer he was when I arrived," Mourinho was quoted as saying on the official Madrid website.

Malaga mayor hits back at Mourinho jibes | Reuters
The mayor of the Spanish city of Malaga has hit back at Jose Mourinho after the Real Madrid coach said on Wednesday that if he was fired he would never coach Malaga but would go to a big club in England or Italy.

Joaquín to miss Mallorca clash | LFP
Unai Emery will have two important absentees for the visit of Mallorca on Sunday, in week twenty-seven of the Liga BBVA, midfielders Joaquín and Maduro, both with injuries. Valencia have informed that both players are to undergo tests to determine the extent of their injuries.

Valdez ruled out for Almería clash | LFP
The Paraguayan forward has already missed three games owing to a torn muscle. It was hoped that he could reappear nexdt weekend but the player prefers to remain cautious: "I've been really looking forward to playing and feeling hopeful that I could, but unfortunately I'm not one hundred percent fit yet."

Hercules' Rodri To Undergo Spartak Moscow Medical Today | Goal
The 26-year-old was thankful to Hercules for allowing him to play top flight football in Spain and to give him the chance to prove himself with Spartak, with the Russians paying a fee thought to be in the region of €400,000.

Revealed: How Much Referees Are Paid In Each European Country | Goal
Referees are inevitably figures that court a great deal of controversy in the game, and although it’s fair to say that some are better than others, every fan would acknowledge that the football simply couldn’t run without the ‘Men In Black’.

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