Barcelona struggle with injuries following Sevilla draw

08:41, March 16, 2011      

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BBVA Primera Liga leaders FC Barcelona face a struggle with injuries ahead of next Saturday's league game against Getafe.

Sunday night's 1-1 draw away to Sevilla has left Barca with five players suffering from different injuries and racing to recover in time for another vital game.

Striker Pedro Rodriguez looks to be the player with least chance of recovering. The Spain international left the weekend's game after just 13 minutes suffering from pelvic problems, which have been affecting him for some time.

The Barcelona website confirmed he is a serious doubt to face Getafe.

Defender Maxwell Scherrer is also a likely to miss out. He finished the game with a groin injury and the club has also signaled that although he is not suffering from a tear, he is also likely to miss out.

Right back Dani Alves is suffering from an ankle problem after being caught by a late tackle in the first half of Sunday's game. The club signals that Alves' presence at the weekend, 'depends on how the injury evolves.'

Utility player Adriano Correia, who would be the man chosen to provide cover, should either Maxwell or Alves be unable to play, is the fourth player with problems. He had to be substituted on Sunday with a problem in his left calf and once again his presence at the weekend depends on how he reacts to treatment.

However, there is one player whose fitness will have Barcelona supporters keeping their fingers crossed in the hope that he recovers on time. Leo Messi spent several minutes prone on the floor after the half time whistle was blown against Sevilla following a collision with Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas.

Messi was able to continue in the second half, but he did suffer a heavy blow on his right knee and for the moment Messi too has to be considered a doubt.

The striker has scored 27 goals this season in the BBVA Primera Liga and his presence is vital both for his performance and for the energy his transmits to his companions.

Meanwhile club captain Carles Puyol is still struggling to recover from a knee injury that has kept him out of action for over 50 days.

Source: Xinhua
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