Xavi: "I still feel slight pain"
Xavi Hernández may have provided Barça's goals in a strong performance on Saturday, but the midfielder has revealed that he is not yet 100 per cent fit after his recent injury lay-off.
The Catalan star asked to be changed towards the end of the 2-1 triumph over Valencia and explained
why. "I am well, but I still feel slight pain," he told Barça TV. "I expect to recover from them
soon. I started well enough, but as the minutes went by I felt the tendons begin to strain slight.
I was battling on, but thanks to the doctors and physios that are looking after me I am sure I will
fully be back soon."
Patience is the name of the game for Xavi over the next few days and
weeks as he looks to shake off the knock and he well aware not to push himself too far. "I need to
go little-by-little and be patient," he continued. "The truth is that I still feel the pain."
Despite going before the end of the match Xavi admitted he was pleased with win
after setting up Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol for their goals. "I am very happy with the way
that we played," he added. "In the first half Valencia made things very difficult, but we know how
to react. We dug deep and bounced back in order to win. In the end we saw the Barça that we