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FC Barcelona News: 7 March 2011; Puyol Ruled Out, Song To Miss Game, Guardiola Released From Hospital

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Barca, Arsenal hindered by injuries for 2nd leg | Yahoo
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will field a makeshift defense with center backs Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique missing for Tuesday’s game. Counterpart Arsene Wenger has troubles at the other end, with main striker Robin van Persie and speedy winger Theo Walcott sidelined.

Puyol out for Tuesday’s game | FCBarcelona
Carles Puyol will not be available for Tuesday’s game against Arsenal after he failed to recover from the knee injury he has been suffering, despite training with the full squad today.

Plenty of safe options at the back | FCBarcelona
Gerard Piqué’s yellow at the Emirates means he missed Tuesday’s game and Puyol’s attempts to get fit enough to play seem to have been in vain, but Guardiola can call on defenders of proven class in Abidal, Milito and Busquets, as well as the impressive B team pair Bartra and Fontàs.

Guardiola discharged from hospital | FCBarcelona
Pep Guardiola was discharged this morning, after spending five nights in hospital for treatment on his herniated disc. He will attend a press conference this afternoon to talk about the Champions League match against Arsenal.

Arsenal Can Count On Cesc Fabregas And Jack Wilshere For Champions League Tie Against Barcelona But Alex Song Ruled Out | Goal
The midfielder has been ruled out by Wenger after picking up an injury in the League Cup final defeat to Birmingham City last week, but Jack Wilshere will be fit to face the Catalan giants. Meanwhile, the Gunners boss has also revealed that captain Cesc Fabregas is almost certain to play against his former club.

Keita: “I always have confidence” | FCBarcelona
Whether he’s in the starting line up for that game or not doesn’t seem to be of any burning importance to Keita who stressed: “I always have confidence in myself. The boss decides who plays and we have to accept that and take advantage every time we do get the chance to play”.

Arsenal Will Not Play Defensive Football Against Barcelona - Dani Alves | Goal
"I don't think Arsenal know how to play like Zaragoza did [playing defensively]. But nor do we - against Zaragoza we carried on attacking and not once did we sit back. "We will look to play as we always do, enjoying our football and without changing the way we are, but we must make sure we have learnt from the experience of last year against Inter," concluded the defender.

Mascherano: Messi could get five | ESPN
"Nothing Leo does would surprise me. I think he can repeat what he did last year or even go one better. We don't know how far he can go,'' he told the Sun. "Obviously 1-0 is good enough but this team does not conform or settle for anything. We certainly will treat the game to win by the biggest margin possible."

Sevilla's Luis Fabiano Sustains Knee Injury And Could Miss Barcelona Clash | Goal
Primera Division side Sevilla have received some disappointing news from the treatment table in the aftermath of their disappointing 2-0 league loss away against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening.

Jose Mourinho Has Been Helping Me Improve - Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema | Goal
France international Karim Benzema put in another strong performance for Real Madrid in the 3-1 away win against Racing on Sunday as he found the net twice, and the former Olympique Lyonnais star has revealed that he's feeling well after getting some special attention from coach Jose Mourinho.

Racing Santander Knew They Had Little Chance Of Getting A Result - Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho | Goal
"Our opponents quickly realised that they had little chance of getting a good result. We put in a great performance and always dominated play. We always stayed calm and I really liked what I saw."

Porto's Nicolas Otamendi On Real Madrid Radar - Report | Goal
Los Blancos are in the market for a new defender because of the ongoing uncertainty revolving around the future of Pepe and they consider Otamendi to be a good replacement in case Pepe leaves the club, if a report in A Bola is to be believed.