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20.12.2008 13:55

19 to Villarreal but no Márquez


This Saturday Josep Guardiola announced his 19-man squad for Sunday’s game away at Villarreal. Rafael Márquez has been left out as a precaution.

The club’s medical services say that the Mexican has been carrying a left thigh strain all week, so as he’s not 100% fit they’ve decided not to take any chances and to leave him at home.

Others missing

20-12-08_GUARDIOLA_01.jpgIn addition to Márquez, Jorquera and Pedro have also been left out, while Iniesta and Milito are still sidelined with injury. Guardiola will have to cut one of the 19 from his squad before kick-off tomorrow at El Madrigal.

Last session in Barcelona

This Saturday morning the first team had its last training session in Barcelona before its final game in 2008 away at Villarreal on Sunday. As has been the case over the last few days, Josep Guardiola had all his players at the session held at Camp Nou except for the injured Gaby Milito.

Very special thanks

Hijo_cristobal01.jpgAt the start of the session the squad was visited by the son of Cristóbal, a fan who was much loved by first team and academy players alike and who passed away early last Saturday. Jordi Najarro thanked the players for their support and the team responded with a warm round of applause.

19 to Villarreal but no Márquez
The squad
Valdés, Henry, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol, Cáceres, Sylvinho, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi, Hleb, Dani Alves, Abidal, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Touré, Pinto, Sergio Busquets and Víctor Sánchez.

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