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FC Barcelona News: 28 January 2013; Barça Extend La Liga Lead, Eric Abidal Released from Hospital

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Abidal released from hospital after liver-replacement examinations -
Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal has reportedly been released from hospital after undergoing medical examinations following a liver transplant in April 2012. The France international was diagnosed with a tumour on his liver back in March 2011, which required major surgery, but the operation did not resolve the problem completely.

FCB-Osasuna: Messi leads Barça to impressive win | FC Barcelona
Four brilliant goals from the ever brilliant World Number One led Barça to a convincing 5-1 win over Osasuna and put to bed any doubts after last week’s defeat to Real Sociedad. With their Cup progress secured by the quarter final win over Malaga, Barça turned their attention back to the league, where they continue to chalk up the wins.

Leo Messi breaks the 200-goal barrier in La Liga | FC Barcelona
This Sunday, in Week 21 of La Liga, Leo Messi broke the 200-goal barrier in the domestic competition. The Argentine’s most recent victim was Osasuna, more specifically, Osasuna’s keeper Andrés Fernández who collected the ball from the back of his net five times this evening. Overall, Leo Messi has scored 202 goals in his 235 La Liga matches, his goalscoring average is 0,85 goals per match.

FC Barcelona’s standout players against Osasuna: Xavi, Villa and Messi | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández pulled the strings for Barça in the midfield against Osasuna. The Catalan midfielder completed 96,6% of his attempted 87 passes, and he assisted Messi in Barça’s first goal and unlocked Osasuna’s defence - with a sublime ball behind the back four for Alves - in the lead up to Pedro’s go-ahead goal.

FC Barcelona vs Osasuna: Facts and figures | FC Barcelona
The last time Villa played a full 90 minutes in a league game was against Rayo at the Camp Nou on November 29th 2011. This season he had previously played 90 minutes against Benfica in the Champions League and Cordoba in the Spanish Cup.

Roura: "We're coming into the match against Madrid on form" | FC Barcelona
Jordi Roura was convinced that the team would be able to leave the Copa del Rey showdown with Real Madrid to one side and focus on the Liga game against Osasuna. Roura also understood that this Sunday’s match was much more important than some might think: "the best way to approach this match [against Madrid] was to win against Osasuna. I think we’re on the right track."

Mascherano: "It's not easy to play a match like this after a tough Cup tie" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano gave his opinion on Barça’s 5-1 victory over Osasuna and he talked about how the team will approach the mid-week clash against Real Madrid in the away leg of the Copa del Rey. On tonight’s match the defender said, "we were coming off of a difficult match against Málaga and it’s never easy to play a match like tonight’s."

Sergio Busquets: "a good result at the Bernabeu is a win , not a draw" | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets doesn’t believe that Wednesday’s first leg of the Spanish Cup semi-finals will decide the tie. "it will all be decided at the Camp Nou, I don’t think we’ll finish them off at the Santiago Bernabeu", but insisted: "we need to focus on what we want out of the game, not on the players they’ll be missing".

Pedro, one short of 200 games with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Pedro Rodríguez is just one game short of his 200th appearance for Barça and, as he told Barça TV on Sunday night: "time passes so quickly and I’m very happy about how things have gone. I’d love it if I could play my 200th game at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday - and that the team get a good result too!".

20 goals in 20 Clasicos from the 20th century | FC Barcelona
This selection covers 20 of the best scored between 1921/22 and 1999/2000. Goals which come from great team work and brilliant individual skills, from free kicks, corners and penalties and from great names such as Neeskens, Quini, Lineker, Koeman, Stoichkov, Romário, Luis Enrique and Rivaldo.

Recovery work ahead of Clasico | FC Barcelona
The squad began preparations for Wednesday’s game against Real Madrid with recovery work for the players involved in the win over Osasuna, whilst the rest, including B team keeper Oier, trained normally.

Mendilibar: Handball rule unclear | Football Espana
"It was the same with the last one [match official]. Pending clarification on the criteria on what is and is not bookable for handballs and what can be considered involuntary, this will always be controversial," he told reporters. "Whilst it can be that one referee can act differently to another, it is also that the same referee, as happened today, will act differently in one game.

Athletic Bilbao punish Atletico Madrid at the San Mames - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A fast paced opening period saw both sides go close to breaking the deadlock. First De Marcos blazed over when he should have scored after a nice lay off from Aritz Aduriz, and then Diego Costa was denied by some desperate goal keeping from Gorka Iraizoz after a short back pass from Jon Aurtenetxe.

Saviola helps Málaga down Mallorca - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Saviola scored on a free kick by converting a right-footed shot effort into the lower right portion of the net. Giovani dos Santos played the entire game. He scored in the 70th minute and took five shots. Goals also came from a left-footed shot by Isco in the 16th minute, a right-footed shot by Víctor in the 27th minute and a left-footed shot by Nacho Monreal in the 62nd minute.

Llorente to have knee scan | Football Espana
Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente will have an MRI scan on a knee injury he picked up at training on Saturday. The Spain international, who will join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, was set to make his first appearance at San Mames since the announcement, but will now miss the match with Atletico Madrid this evening.

Vallecano on the up | Sky Sports Football
Rayo Vallecano moved to within a point of the Primera Division's top four with a comprehensive win over Real Betis at Vallecas. A fourth-minute penalty from Piti got the hosts off to a flying start and they might have been even further ahead by the break had Roberto Trashorras not seen a fine effort come back off a post.

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