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07.12.2008 12:56

Eight out of Shakhtar game


As many as eight players have been omitted from the squad to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League at the Camp Nou. The eight will be following a different schedule to the rest of the squad.

Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Rafa Márquez, Touré Yaya, Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández, Thierry Henry and Víctor Valdés will all be rested by Josep Guardiola for the game against the side managed by Mircea Lucescu. So, these members of the squad will be given a holiday until Tuesday evening when they are expected for training at la Masía from 17.30.

Usual schedule for the rest

The remaining set of players will train both on Monday and the day of the match. One Monday they will have a session at 11.00 in the Camp Nou, with just the first 15 minutes open to the media. After that both Josep Guardiola and Abidal will speak to the press.

Then on Tuesday Barça have a normal training session pencilled in for 11.30, the last before the game with the Ukrainians and once again behind closed doors.

Guardiola calls upon Barça Atlètic

With eight players not required, plus Milito and Iniesta out through injury, the Barça manager only had fourteen players at his disposal, for which reason he will be complementing his selection with players drafted in from Barça Atlètic.
Eight out of Shakhtar game
New faces with the first team
After the stunning win over Valencia at the Camp Nou (4-0), Pep Guardiola’s side returned to training on Sunday morning at 11.30, the venue being La Masía. No fewer than four reserve team players were involved in the session, namely Botía, Vázquez, Abraham and Torres.

Three players that started the game against Valencia were absent; these were Xavi and Gudjohnsen, the former having taking a knock to his left thigh and the latter with a bruised right ankle. Both stayed in the dressing rooms to receive treatment, while Messi did recovery work in the gym.

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