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FC Barcelona News: 13 September 2012; Andres Iniesta Out for Two Weeks, Spanish Internationals Return


Iniesta sidelined for 10 to 15 days | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Medical Services announced that Andrés Iniesta has pulled the adductor in his right leg. The midfielder, who will be out of action for 10 to 15 days, returned Barcelona after featuring in two matches for the Spanish national team. Jordi Alba has the flu and will undergo further tests on Friday.

Messi and Mascherano figure in Argentine’s 1-1 draw with Peru | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Javier Mascherano both started Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Peru in Lima and the point taken, in a hard fought game, leaves Alejandro Sabella’s side top of the qualifying group. The hosts missed a golden chance to go ahead after just one minute, when Claudio Pizarro missed a penalty

Barça players put in 1,777 minutes with national teams | FC Barcelona
Barça’s international players put in a total of 1,777 minutes with their national teams during the international break. Messi the only player to play full 180 minutes. Valdés, Villa, Alba, Adriano, Alexis and Song played just one game.

Villa: "I feel normal and I'm very eager to help the team" | FC Barcelona
"I feel good. I’m finally feeling normal after such a long time ... I’m being named to the team, I’m available to play, and I’m getting some minutes on the pitch," said Villa during today’s press conference. The Spanish forward also noted that he’s "very eager to help the team achieve success this year."

Getafe, a familiar rival after international breaks | FC Barcelona
The last time both teams faced off in La Liga after the international break was three seasons ago, in September 2009, when Guardiola’s Barça edged Getafe by two goals. The Azulgranas left it late at the Coliseum, but goals from Ibrahimovic and Messi were enough to secured the three points.

Six difficult matches in three weeks | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova and his men have a pretty intense schedule before the next international break, which starts on October 7. The Azulgrans will play a total of six games, four in the Liga and two in the Champions League. None of Barça’s upcoming matches in the domestic competition will be easy. Starting on Saturday, September 15, the Azulgranas will face Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

The magic of Spain, and the dreaded FIFA virus - ESPNFC
In defeating the massed ranks of Georgian defenders, Vicente Del Bosque's side set an all-time record of 23 straight qualification game victories -- European Championship and World Cup. They also set an all-time high stat of having enjoyed 80 percent of possession during the 1-0 victory in Tiblisi.

Spanish clubs pricing own fans out of market | Pitchside Europe - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The average crowd across the league in 2010-11 was 29,128, a figure which fell to 28,403 last season. The average crowd in the Premier League last season was 34,601, while it was an astonishing 45,116 in Germany's Bundesliga, where a season ticket behind the goal at champions Borussia Dortmund costs just £7.54 per game.

Del Bosque praises 'intelligent' Fabregas - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Coach Vicente del Bosque praised Fabregas for his "movement and intelligence" after the Georgia game, Spain's opener in a group which also includes France, Belarus and Finland. Patience had been the key to victory against a side using the kind of ultra-defensive tactics Spain have become used to in recent years, he added.

Spain keeper Iker Casillas wants to play for Real Madrid for eight more years | Sky Sports
Casillas has made 630 appearances for Real since making his first-team debut 13 years ago and has won a host of trophies with his only club. The 31-year-old is also a World Cup and two-time European Championship winner with Spain, and has outlined his ambitions for the future with Real.

Ronaldo denies contract claims - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
He added: "I would like to reaffirm, without being concerned about contracts, that my focus is solely on winning every game and every available trophy with the essential company of my team-mates and all madridistas."

Atletico won't sell Lopez | Sky Sports
Recent reports have suggested that Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the 24-year-old Spain international, and that a bid could be made in January. However, it is understood that Atletico have no intention to negotiate the sale of Lopez.

Levante's late Martins capture | Football Espana
Martins contract with Rubin will be terminated , and he will sign on at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia on a two year deal with an option for a third. He will receive between €600,000 and €750,000 a season - making him the highest paid player in Juan Ignacio Martinez's squad - and a €5m buyout clause will be written into his contract.

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