What do we know about the injuries suffered by Barcelona’s midfielders during this season?
LISA BONE, ANTICO DE MARCO, KEVIN FISHER, BENOIT ROSE, MARK ROBINSON, BRIAN MAHOGANY, PAUL GALLOWAY, JOE CUNNINGHAM, KELLY GRANVILLE, ANDREA DIAZ article We’re running a quick look at the injuries sustained by Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez during this campaign, with highlights from both in the spotlight and the background.
The full match report from the Bernabeu can be found on our official blog here.
The most important players are in yellow as they were in the first half against Valencia, with the rest in blue, with a yellow stripe marking where they were taken off.
Aston Villa and Chelsea will both be without their leading players for Saturday’s Europa League clash, while Tottenham and Leicester are both without key players for Sunday’s league clash.
Here are some of the players to watch out for on Saturday:Juan Arango: The Colombian’s return to the starting XI came at the expense of his defensive partner Javi Martinez, with both Villa players absent.
Villa are yet to win a game since their 4-0 win over Valencia, and they haven’t been particularly good at the back, conceding just five goals in 12 outings.
The former Barcelona man has been playing out of position for a number of seasons, and with a player of his quality having been injured, his return to action has to be a positive for Villa.
Sami Khedira: After the injury to Daniel Sturridge, Khedir was the only Liverpool player to make the trip to the Bernabéu.
He was a regular presence in the Liverpool midfield, and looked to have made a real impact, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 win against Valencia.
Liverpool had the better of the match in the second half, but the Brazilian has been one of their main strikers since the start of the season.
He will be a big hit against Villa.
Luka Modric: The former Chelsea midfielder was a constant presence in front of the Villa defence, scoring twice in the match against Valencia and assisting on both goals.
He is yet to make a Premier League start since January, but is yet again one of the most important Liverpool players.
Mario Balotelli: The Italian was the main reason for the Villa goal in their 4’th meeting with Valencia.
The Italy international will be back on the pitch on Saturday.
He has been in fine form for Villa, scoring four goals in the last five Premier League games.
Antonio Di Natale: The Spaniard was a crucial part of the Liverpool defence, but had no game-changing impact as a result of the injury sustained by Sturridge.
The injury to Sturridge has forced Di Natali to step up his game, but he is still a big target for Villa on Saturday as he has struggled to break through into the team’s first XI.
Javier Mascherano: The Argentina international has struggled with injuries since the end of last season, but will be looking to put in a good performance to earn himself a place in the side.
Alvaro Negredo: The captain is yet another player who is struggling to break into the Liverpool side.
The 26-year-old has not played for Liverpool since the 1-0 victory at Valencia in December.
Victor Valdes: The defender has been out since January with a hamstring injury.
His absence means that Villa are likely to rely on a number for the first time this season, with Mascherane and Valdes the obvious two to watch.
Eddie Gaitan: The Argentine’s return will come at the end to the fixture as he missed out on a return from injury, with his first Premier League game coming against Tottenham on Saturday, but his return will be vital to Villa’s chances.
Benik Afobe: The centre-back has been on the sidelines for over a month due to injury, and he has yet to feature for Villa in their last three Premier League fixtures.
Antone Griezmann: The goalkeeper has been the mainstay of Villa’s defence, and while his form has been lacking, he has kept the side in the top four for a while now.
He may not be the best goalkeeper in the league, but there’s no denying his value to the side as a big-game performer.
Remy Garay: The striker has been absent since February due to the knee injury sustained against Valencia as well as the injury that ended his first season at Villa.
Garay is yet a Premier Player for the club and is still yet to find the net in a game this season.
Kevin Mirallas: The France international was one of many players who made the trip with the first team to Spain, and his