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FC Barcelona News: 9 March 2013; Xavi Back in Training, Jordi Masip To Backup Jose Manuel Pinto

Victor Fraile

FC Barcelona-Deportivo La Corunya: First things first | FC Barcelona
With the all-important game against Milan attracting most of the attention, Barça face a league game at the Camp Nou against Deportivo on Saturday evening, one which as coach Jordi Roura has insisted is an important match to ensure they maintain their big lead at the top of the table and perhaps just as importantly, to get back to winning ways ahead of Tuesday, after unusually losing three of their last four games.

Xavi back in the training with the rest of the group | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández was back in training at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning, although he is still recovering from his hamstring injury. Barça B keeper Jordi Masip also took part in the session, with Víctor Valdés suspended and unable to play against Deportivo on Saturday evening.

Jordi Masip trains with squad and will wear 32 shirt | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés’ suspension has opened the doors for José Manuel Pinto to play in the next few league games and of course, for one of the B team keepers to step up into the first team squad. With Oier suspended, the choice comes down to Jordi Masip or Miguel Bañuz and it was the former who joined in the first team training at the Ciutat Deportivo this morning.

Jordi Roura: "I look at the players and I’m optimistic" | FC Barcelona
The team face four big days and Jordi Roura is well aware of what awaits them: "we hope it will be a better week than the one before last - I look at the players and I’m optimistic". Roura also insisted that Saturday’s game is his main focus: "this Saturday’ s game is very important for us, we have to keep the lead we have at the top".

Barcelona have a 90 per cent chance of signing Neymar, says Roberto Carlos -
The Brazil legend feels the 21-year-old's future lies at Camp Nou and is confident he will fit in well with the Blaugrana's star names"I have spoken with him. He should have left Brazil already in my opinion. I believe that Barcelona have a 90 per cent chance of signing him," Roberto Carlos told Al Jazeera.

Riki to miss Barca game | Football Espana
The bottom-of-the-League Galicians travel to the Camp Nou this Saturday evening for their Week 27 League fixture with the Catalans without their veteran striker available. Riki suffered a muscle injury during last weekend’s home draw with Rayo Vallecano.

Celta v FC Barcelona set for Saturday March 30th at 18.00 | FC Barcelona
Barça’s game in week 29 of the league against Celta will be played at Balaidos on Saturday March 30th at 18.00. In the game against Celta at the Camp Nou earlier this season, Barça won 3-1, with Adriano, Villa and Jordi Alba scoring.

Barça B - Còrdova: Reserves out to emulate first team | FC Barcelona
The B team play at 18.00 this evening against one of the league’s leading teams, Cordoba – who are pressing for a place in the play-offs. For their part, Barça B have shrugged off the run of three defeats and taken four points from their last two games.

Copa del Rey final to be held at Bernabeu - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The date and venue were agreed at a meeting between officials from the two clubs at the Spanish soccer federation headquarters outside the capital, the federation said in a statement on their website ( on Friday. The match will kick off at 9.30 p.m. (2030 GMT).

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria out for two weeks with leg injury | Sky Sports
Di Maria limped out of Madrid's 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night just before half-time and has undergone a series of tests since returning to the Spanish capital. The team's doctors have diagnosed a sprained muscle in his left leg and have advised Di Mario not to play for at least a fortnight.

Castro fires Betis to win over Osasuna - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Jorge Molina nodded fifth-placed Betis in front after 19 minutes on a rain-soaked Benito Villamarin pitch in Seville before Francisco Silva levelled in the 73rd. Castro then raced on to a superb through ball from substitute Dorlan Pabon with 11 minutes left and clipped the ball past keeper Andres Fernandez to claim his 13th league goal of the campaign.

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