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FC Barcelona News: 5 March 2011; Barcelona Prepare For Real Zaragoza, Guardiola Questionable

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Maximum requirements | FCBarcelona
The good news is that both Valdés and Jeffren are back in the side. There’s no place like home. Especially after winning back to back games on the road. With Mallorca and Valencia both shut out in brilliant fashion as FC Barcelona collected six crucial points, they are now back in front of their own fans.

Guardiola improving | FCBarcelona
After receiving therapy and pharmacology, Josep Guardiola’s back condition is developing favourably. The manager went into hospital today but it is still not clear whether he will be able to attend this weekend’s game with Zaragoza.

Valdés back in training | FCBarcelona
After receiving treatment for almost two weeks on a knee injury, Víctor Valdés has been given the medical all-clear and was back with the squad on pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Puyol was also present for a session conducted by Tito Vilanova.

Vilanova: "Before facing Arsenal, the best thing would be to beat Zaragoza" | FCBarcelona
Arsenal are coming on Tuesday, but Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant, would prefer people to worry about Zaragoza. It’s an important game against a tricky opponent and "I’m more scared of games like these than the ones against the teams at the top".

No More Fancy Finishes - Lionel Messi Needs To Be More Ruthless In Front Of Goal If He Is To Repeat His Heroics Against Arsenal | Goal
More and more frequently this season we have heard the words ‘he is human after all’ when Messi would only ripple the side netting, or cradle the ball onto the roof of the net, rather than in the back of it. Is there a slither of weakness that is beginning to show in the Argentine’s game?

Keita has fond memories of Zaragoza | FCBarcelona
October 25, 2009 was a very special day for Seydou Keita. In the eighth game of the season, Zaragoza came to the Camp Nou and Barça’s Malian midfielder was brilliant as his side cruised to a 6-1 win, with Keita himself finding the target three times.

Mourinho escapes knife attack | ESPN
El Periodico reported: "Mourinho stopped to sign autographs in arrivals, where a large number of Madrid fans were waiting for the team. The bodyguard was near the manager and noticed he had been stabbed in the armpit. Mourinho was very worried by the incident."

Jose Mourinho Defends Real Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo Is Extraordinary - Alfredo Di Stefano | Goal
Real Madrid legend and honorary president, Alfredo Di Stefano, has said Jose Mourinho was right to complain about the tight fixture list in La Liga.

Ronaldo faces fitness race | Sky Sports
A scan on Friday confirmed the world-record signing had suffered a minor tear, making him a doubt for the last-16 second leg against Lyon on 16th March. The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in France.

Kaka joins Real Madrid's lengthy injury list | Reuters
Kaka, who needed knee surgery after the 2010 World Cup and missed the first half of the season, was unable to train on Saturday and joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Sami Khedira, Fernando Gago, Alvaro Arbeloa, Ezequiel Garay and Gonzalo Higuain on the medical list.

Torn muscle sidelines Gago | LFP
The Argentinean player underwent tests immediately afterwards, which confirmed a grade two injury to his right adductor muscle which will keep him out for a period estimated to be of three weeks, depending on progress.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan & Sergio Aguero Must Improve - Quique Sanchez Flores | Goal
"Forlan and Aguero must improve on their aggression. I hope Diego and the rest return and maintain good efforts and a steady work rate," Flores told the press ahead of tomorrow's game.

Nacho Monreal Extends Osasuna Contract Until 2014 | Goal
The contract was signed by the player in the club headquarters inside the Reyno de Navarra today, and the player's release clause, a condition which is mandatory for every player in Spain, has been set at €12 million.

Two-week injury blow for Piatti | LFP
The Argentine limped off the field in pain during the game against Racing and underwent tests on Thursday that confirmed the extent of his injury. Piatti will be treated with physiotherapy for the next few days and from Monday onwards, depending on his progress, will train with a recuperator in the gymnasium.

Sprained ankle blow for Cala | LFP
Málaga's academy product, Sergio Calatayud, “Cala”, underwent various medical tests which confirmed a sprain in his right ankle. It is still unknown how long the player will be sidelined as the injury is pending progress and further tests.

Napoli To Use Walter Gargano To Tempt Villarreal To Sell Borja Valero & Giuseppe Rossi - Report | Goal
It is believed that Napoli will not stop Gargano from leaving, but want an apt replacemnt as part of any possible transfer. The Partenopei rank deep-lying playmaker Valero high on their own list of targets, and they are also chasing Rossi, although the Italian forward has reiterated that he has no intentions of leaving El Madrigal in the near future.