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FC Barcelona News: 18 April 2011; Puyol Questionable, Bojan's Recovery Ahead of Schedule

Bojan's injury isn't as bad as feared
Bojan's injury isn't as bad as feared

Puyol could miss Copa del Rey final | ESPN
Puyol had been out with a knee injury he sustained in January but returned to the side for the 1-1 draw with Madrid in La Liga on Saturday. However, he had to be carried off after 58 minutes when he sustained a hamstring problem and it is now unclear whether he will be able to feature in the cup final in Valencia on Wednesday.

Guardiola, unbeaten against Real Madrid | FCBarcelona
5 wins and 1 draw, 17 goals scored and only 3 against. This is the positive balance of results that Guardiola has achieved since he became Barça first team manager. Guardiola’s Barça are still undefeated in games against Real Madrid.

Battling La Liga draw won't help Real, Xavi says | Reuters
"Madrid will in no way emerge stronger," Spain international Xavi told reporters. "We were superior, faithful to ourselves and we come away with positive feelings despite not getting the three points," he added. "We had control, with patience, we defended well and the game just got away from us at the end."

Barcelona's Bojan Krkic could return from knee injury before end of season - report | Goal
Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona have received some positive news from the treatment table ahead of the decisive weeks of the 2010-11 season, after confirmation that Bojan Krkic's knee injury is less serious than initially expected, and the Spain international could resume to match action before the end of the season.

Barcelona's Dani Alves: Marcelo told me he dived for Real Madrid's penalty | Goal
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has claimed that Real Madrid’s Marcelo confessed to simulating a dive to win a penalty in Saturday's Clasico clash, which ended 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu. “Marcelo told me it was simulation. He told me that his actions were influenced by the outcome of the game,” the full-back was quoted as saying by Sport.

Roman plots double Barca raid | EatSleepSport
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to lure Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Beguiristain to the club. The Blues' billionaire paymaster has targeted the Nou Camp duo as he seeks to usher in a new era at the end of the season when Carlo Ancelotti is expected to move on.

Hleb won't be back with Blues | Sky Sports
The Barcelona midfielder has spent the season on-loan at St Andrews, but he has failed to make the expected impact. Hleb admits he has struggled to adapt playing for a side like Birmingham, having previously starred for Barca and Arsenal. "Before, I think teams like Birmingham were easy to play with but it is difficult when you play in such teams, not like Arsenal or Barcelona," he explained.

Mesut Ozil to return to Real Madrid starting XI in Copa del Rey final against Barcelona - report | Goal
Playmaker Mesut Ozil will return to the Real Madrid starting XI again when the Spanish powerhouse take on domestic rivals Barcelona in Wednesday's Copa del Rey final, AS reports. The Germany international was dropped for Saturday's La Liga clash against the Catalans due to tactical reasons, but impressed after coming off the bench on the hour mark.

Not Ronaldo, Not Casillas - Jose Mourinho’s secret Barcelona weapon is Pepe | Goal
Jose Mourinho sent his side out to stifle their guests, dropping the hugely influential offensive talent of Mesut Ozil to the bench in favour of a more pragmatic midfield trio of Pepe, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira. While Madrid offered little as an attacking force until the latter stages of the match, they restricted their guests impressively, with the No.3 undoubtedly the most active and destructive force in the centre of the field.

Valero agent in Napoli talks | Sky Sports
Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero has confirmed his agent has spoken to Italian side Napoli. The Spanish playmaker has been attracting attention following good performances for Villarreal this term, with the 26-year-old recently linked with a return to Real Madrid in the summer.

Spanish eyes on Cuellar | Sky Sports
The 29-year-old has a year remaining on his current deal at Villa Park, but it remains to be seen whether he is part of Gerard Houllier's long-term plans. Cuellar, who can play full-back or centre-half, has featured sparingly in recent times and European chasing Espanyol are keen to bring him back to his homeland.

Gurpegui takes a bad knock | LFP
Athletic player Carlos Gurpegui took a bad knock during his team's game against Osasuna. The midfielder clashed heads with Monreal and the gash that opened up needed seven stitches.

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