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FC Barcelona News: 16 March 2013; Victor Valdes Appeal Rejected, Carles Puyol Undergoes Knee Surgery

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Carles Puyol has knee operation | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol underwent an arthroscopy on Thursday evening in order to clean up his right knee. The operation was carried out by Doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna, with the support of Egarsat. Puyol’s return will be determined by the progress of his recovery.

Barca appeal against Valdes four-game ban rejected - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Valdes, who has already missed last weekend's league win against Deportivo La Coruna, will be unavailable for the leaders for Sunday's match against eighth-placed Rayo Vallecano and games against strugglers Real Mallorca and Celta Vigo. "The appeals committee has on Friday rejected Barca's appeal and the four-match sanction given to Victor Valdes stands," the club said in a statement on their website.

Jordi Alba looking for the same intensity | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba was naturally asked to comment on the Champions League draw, which has seen Barça paired with French outfit Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter finals. After first pointing out that he didn’t have any particular preferences regarding possible opponents, he said that "we have been drawn against a very complete side in every department, they’re a top class team and will cause us problems".

Barcelona have reiterated that David Villa is not for sale | Sky Sports
Speculation continues to suggest that Villa's days at Camp Nou are numbered, with Arsenal mooted as a possible destination for the Spain international. Barca have, however, offered no indication that they are looking to move the striker out in the summer.

Zubizarreta impressed by PSG talent | FC Barcelona
"Teams only get to the quarter finals of the Champions League if they have done well. We’ll only know if we have had a good or a bad draw if we come back to Nyon in three weeks time. We have just gone through an experience in the last round that has taught us to be prudent", said Andoni Zubizarreta after Friday’s draw.

Ancelotti: Barcelona tie will be a good test for PSG -
"We all realise that it will be a very difficult tie, but it will be a good test for us to see where we stand," Ancelotti told reporters. "We put in a good performance against them in a friendly in pre-season. The atmosphere will be completely different, though.

Three official matches against Paris Saint Germain | FC Barcelona
Barça sweetest memory of games against Paris Saint-Germain was on May 14, 1997, in the Cup Winners Cup Final, when they beat the side from the French capital 1-0 thanks to a goal from Brazilian striker Ronaldo, scored from the penalty spot in the 37th minute. The game was played at the De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Paris Saint-Germain reactions to the Champions League draw | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain will be going head to head in the Champions League quarter finals. For the side from the French capital, this will be their first appearance in the last eight since 1994/1995, after beating Valencia in the previous round, while Barça got the better of AC Milan. The game brings together the leaders of La Liga and Ligue 1.

Real's Benzema hit with driving ban, fine for speeding - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The France international was caught driving at 194.4 kph in a 100 kph zone, authorities said after a hearing at a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon just outside the Spanish capital. The hearing was originally set for March 26 but was brought forward as France are hosting Spain in a World Cup 2014 qualifier in Paris that day.

Derby delight for Deportivo | Sky Sports Football
Deportivo La Coruna gave their survival hopes a vital boost with a 3-1 victory over 10-man relegation rivals Celta Vigo in the Galician derby on Friday night. Riki's early goal settled the nerves inside the Riazor and the home fans had further reason for optimism just before the half-hour mark as Iago Aspas was sent off.

Spotlight on Rayo Vallecano | FC Barcelona
Paco Jémez and his men know that getting a good result at the Camp Nou is no easy task, but the Madrid-based team are currently just points away from breaking into the top 6 positions of the table. With only 11 matches left in La Liga, tomorrow's three points might prove vital for Rayo's hopes of playing in the Europa League next season.

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