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FC Barcelona News: 9 May 2012; Pique and Cuenca Declared Fit, Puyol's Focus Now on Surgery

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Carles Puyol is not walking out on La Furia Roja just yet.
Carles Puyol is not walking out on La Furia Roja just yet.

Piqué and Cuenca receive medical all-clear | FC Barcelona
The first team returned to training this Tuesday afternoon with two important additions: Gerard Piqué and Isaac Cuenca. Both the players trained with normality with the rest of the team. Alexis Sánchez, on the other hand, continued his recovery on the pitch. The Chilean missed the Catalan derby due to injury.

Puyol: Impossible to make Euros - Yahoo! Eurosport
"To be honest it's going to be very tough, but I have to wait and see how the operation goes," the Barcelona centre back said when asked whether he would be fit for the tournament. "But I think it's impossible because when you come out of an operation there is a recovery period and I believe that those who are in better shape should go," added the 34-year-old.

Thiago: "We have a lot of confidence in Tito Vilanova" | FC Barcelona
While reiterating the team’s respect and acceptance of Josep Guardiola’s decision to not continue as Barça’s manager, Thiago Alcántara praised the newly appointed boss Tito Vilanova. The player considers that next year’s team "will be more or less the same as in past years."

Best home side of the championship | FC Barcelona
The 4-0 win over Espanyol was the last of a wonderful season for Barça at the Camp Nou. They had the best record of the tournament, with 17 wins, one draw and one defeat, scoring a massive 73 goals and conceding just 11. The second best home record corresponded to Real Madrid, who have one game to go at the Bernabéu, but following two draws and one home defeat cannot catch Barça.

Toure wants Barcelona return - Yahoo! Eurosport
The Ivory Coast international spent three years at Barca before moving to City for a fee in the region of £24 million in 2010. He told Spanish radio station RAC1: "I said two years ago that I would return. It's been the most important team for me and if they call you don't think twice. I love Barcelona."

Bielsa credits cantera for success - Yahoo! Eurosport
"In institutions such as Athletic, what happens in the present is always articulated and connected to what happened before, because it's an organisation which feeds off itself, which generates in its formative divisions the players who will compete and represent it in the years to come," he said.

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