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FC Barcelona News: 27 January 2013; Lionel Messi Ready to Face Osasuna, Barça Look Bounce Back After Sociedad Loss

David Ramos

Messi takes a full part in training | FC Barcelona
Jordi Roura took charge of this Saturday’s session, the last but one before the home game against Osasuna (7 pm). Oier, from Barça B was included along with all the available senior players. Leo Messi took a full part in training following on from Friday’s session with the physio and will be available for selection.

Roura: "We’re going to concentrate exclusively on Osasuna" | FC Barcelona
Jordi Roura only has three training sessions to get the players back in shape after the Cup game against Malaga. But preparations are going ahead as usual for Sunday’s league clash against Osasuna despite the fact that Barça have a Cup semi-final first leg match against Real Madrid in the Bernabéu on Wednesday (9 pm).

Osasuna stand tall in the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It’s almost a year and half since FC Barcelona and Osasuna lined up against each other in the Camp Nou. In the 2011/12 league campaign, Pep Guardiola’s side inflicted a crushing 8-0 defeat on the Pamplona based outfit, including a Leo Messi hat trick, two goals from Villa, and one each from Cesc, Xavi and Roversio (o.g.).

Early taste of El Classico at the Mini | FC Barcelona
With the first teams due to meet on the Spanish Cup next Wednesday, Barça and Real Madrid’s B teams will give the fans an early taste of El Classico on Sunday when they meet at the Mini Estadi(17.00) in week 23 of the Second Division campaign. They may not be the first team, but there is sure to be plenty of quality on display with the two projects of La Masia and La Fabrica facing each other with a lot of pride.

Mourinho in birthday no-show - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Under-fire Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho again chose not to face the Madrid-based media as he celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday but told Italian TV he was certain he would win at least one more Champions League title before he retires.

Costa strikes to sink nine-man Deportivo - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Valencia struck with their first attack of the night when Jonas rose to head home Pablo Piatti's corner in the opening minute before Riki netted twice to give Deportivo the lead as he nodded in Pizzi's free-kick and then thumped a shot into the net from the edge of the visiting box in stoppage time in the first period.

Rukavina own-goal gives Levante last-gasp win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The modest Valencia-based club, who are through to face Greek side Olympiakos in the last 32 of the Europa League on their debut in continental competition, fell behind to a fine Javier Baraja volley in the eighth minute. However, Jose Javier Barkero curled in a superb free kick a minute before halftime and Valladolid defender Antonio Rukavina sliced the ball into his own net in the 90th minute to hand victory to the home side.

Elustondo earns Sociedad draw | Sky Sports Football
Real Sociedad stretched their impressive run of results to just one defeat in 11 league games but were unable to make their numerical advantage count as 10-man Celta Vigo held on for a 1-1 draw at Balaidos.

Espanyol revival continues | Sky Sports Football
Espanyol continued their impressive revival under coach Javier Aguirre by picking up a point from a goalless draw at Real Zaragoza on Saturday. In a match of few clear-cut opportunities, Christian Stuani came close for the visitors with a header while Zaragoza almost netted late on when Franco Zuculini's strike was deflected just over.

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