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31.10.2008 13:20

Missing cup players back in squad


Gudjohnsen and Pedro have both been given medical clearance, but neither have been selected for the game with Malaga. Valdés, Henry, Xavi, Márquez, Iniesta and Messi, who were all left out of the Copa trip to Benidorm, are all back in the squad.

Josep Guardiola has decided that despite being declared fit, neither Gudjohnsen nor Pedro should travel to Malaga for Saturday’s game at La Rosaleda. Albert Jorquera is also absent. The players that were omitted from the Copa del Rey game with Benidorm, Valdés, Henry, Márquez, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, are all in the sixteen-man squad for the league fixture.

However, with respect to the last league squad, that for the Almería game, the only change is Sylvinho, who comes in for Abidal, who was injured on Thursday.

Guddy and Pedro fit

After several days training with the first team, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Pedro have received the medical all-clear. Both players picked up injuries while away on international duty, and have missed the league games against Athletic Club and Almería, the Champions League trip to Basel, and the cup clash with Benidorm.

Under the rain

The players trained on Friday at the Camp Nou under heavy rain. All of Josep Guardiola’s squad was in attendance, apart from the injured Milito and Abidal. Keita, who is still recovering from his own fitness concerns, trained on the Camp Nou turf, but in isolation from the rest of his colleagues.

Trip to Malaga

After training, the players had lunch at the Camp Nou. At 17.00 today they will transfer from the ground to El Prat Airport, where they will be taking an 18.00 charter flight to Malaga. The plane is due to land in southern Spain at 19.30.
Missing cup players back in squad
The squad
The players travelling to Malaga are Valdés, Henry, Márquez, Xavi, Piqué, Iniesta, Puyol, Cáceres, Sylvinho, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi, Hleb, Alves, Touré, Pinto, Sergio Busquets and Víctor Sánchez.

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