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FC Barcelona News: 2 January 2013; Victor Valdes Picks Up Foot Injury, Ruled Out Against Nigeria

Jasper Juinen

Valdés out against Catalonia | FC Barcelona
The Catalonia players that will be appearing in tonight’s game with Nigeria were the first to return to work after the holiday. The only absentee was Víctor Valdés, who has plantar fasciitis in his left foot and won’t be playing for Catalonia. The Club has already reported the injury to the Catalan Football Federation.

Recovering Vilanova sees out 2012 with a game of padel - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Adria, who is 15 and plays for Barca's youth team, posted a photo of himself and his father standing on a court on his Twitter feed. Padel is a racket sport similar to tennis played in Spain and Latin America. "This afternoon I said farewell to the year playing a game of padel with a special person," Adria wrote. "Happy New Year to everyone!"

Alexis Sanchez "calm" on Barcelona future after Juventus link | Sky Sports
The 24-year-old, who joined the Blaugrana from Udinese in 2011, has started just six Primera Liga matches for Tito Vilanova's side so far this season. Italian champions Juventus are reportedly interested in signing the Chile international this month, but Sanchez insists that he is happy at Camp Nou.

Spanish economic crisis and poor organisation puts future of La Liga in doubt -
The Real Madrid and Barcelona-dominated TV rights deal, tickets that cost €25-30 more than in England, poor match scheduling, an economic crisis and five million unemployed citizens means that the sport is struggling more than ever in Spain.

Pepe out for four weeks | Football Espana
Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has undergone surgery on Wednesday morning and could be out of action for as long as a month. The capital club caught the Spanish Press by surprise this morning by announcing that the defender has undergone a procedure in Porto to alleviate discomfort in his right ankle.

Malaga expect UEFA Financial Fair Play ban to be overturned - ESPN FC
Malaga director general Vicente Casado insists the club are now operating under a sustainable business model and he anticipates that their ban from UEFA competition for not adhering to the new Financial Fair Play rules will soon be quashed.

Celta confirm Demidov deal | Football Espana
Celta Vigo have confirmed that they have signed former Real Sociedad defender Vadim Demidov on a six-month loan deal. The Norwegian was reported earlier today as on the verge of completing a temporary return to La Liga, after struggling to settle in the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Granada set for Recio loan | Football Espana
Granada are on the verge of agreeing to take 21-year-old midfielder Recio on loan from Malaga until the end of the season. The youngster has been confirmed by Granada’s sporting director as most likely to be the first of ‘three or four’ arrivals the struggling La Liga side intend to bring in during January.

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