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FC Barcelona News: 4 October 2013; 18 in Squad to Face Real Valladolid, Seven Called Up by Vicente Del Bosque

Denis Doyle

First team trains for Valladolid | FC Barcelona
The first team were back at work on Thursday for a full training session, after the shorter recovery session held after returning from Glasgow. All of the available players were present, as was captain Carles Puyol, who is looking closer and closer to regaining his full fitness.

18 in squad for Valladolid | FC Barcelona
They are the following: Valdés, Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Fàbregas, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Alexis, Neymar, Dos Santos, Bartra, Sergio, Song, Tello, Adriano, Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto. Apart from the missing Oier, Sergi Gómez and Patric, these are the same players that travelled to Glasgow midweek

Del Bosque picks seven from FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Vicente Del Bosque has named seven Barça first team players for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Belarus (October 11) and Georgia (October 15). Valdés, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Fàbregas will be in the squad for the second international break of the season.

Neymar backs Martino rotation policy -
He told TV3: "The most important thing is the union within the squad, this makes us stronger and helps us to win games. "It's a good system, everyone has the right to a rest so we don't pick up injuries. The most important thing is the team is in peak condition and because we have so many good players we can do this."

Bartra feeling confident | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra is a player who takes his chances. This year, the injury to Mascherano against Real Sociedad obliged him to come on in the second half. He scored in his first game of the season and has since won a place in the elevens against Almeria (0-2) and Celtic (0-1), performing brilliantly. "I’m very happy with the way things are going. I think it’s important to continue at this level", he told today’s press conference.

Eusebio Sacristán decisive in Valladolid's last win at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It is almost sixteen years since Valladolid last won at the Camp Nou. That was on November 9, 1997, in the tenth game of the Liga season. It ended 2-1, the first home defeat ever for FCB under Van Gaal with such players as Luis Enrique, Rivaldo and Figo in the team. But the hero that day was another Barça legend: Eusebio Sacristán, the current Barça B manager, but who at the time was playing for the visitors.

Chris Coleman: Real rushed Gareth Bale back into action - ESPN FC
"I would never criticise another manager -- Carlo Ancelotti is a brilliant manager -- but La Liga football is a different tempo to the Premier League. The Premier League is the fastest, so maybe Carlo is thinking Gareth can handle it, he's a super athlete. But in our last camp, he was nowhere near fit."

Real Madrid 'ready €45m Suarez bid' - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Whilst a move out to Spain or even to Premier League side Arsenal was not forthcoming, the Anfield star is once more being linked with a move away this midseason. The Sun suggest that Madrid are ready to make a €45m bid for Suarez this January, to complement Karim Benzema in attack.

Liga - Costa opts for Spain but can't be called up yet - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"The Atletico Madrid player Diego Costa cannot be called up tomorrow by coach Vicente del Bosque for Spain's next matches against Belarus and Georgia as FIFA has made further demands which are in hand," the RFEF said on the national team's official website.

Valencia outcast Adil Rami hires lawyers - ESPN FC
Adil Rami has hired lawyers as he looks to fight Valencia’s attempts to discipline him for criticising his teammates and coach Miroslav Djukic.Rami has been not played with the team or even trained with his colleagues since he called many of them "two-faced" and also claimed Djukic had broken a promise to play him more often in a surprising outburst on Sept. 24.

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