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-It is with a heavy heart that I bring you all news of Eric Abidal‘s thigh injury that could rule him out for up to two months. Even given his extraordinary recovery capacity, he will be out for a while, having, as I understand it at the moment, torn an adductor muscle in his left leg. That’s a fairly severe injury, especially to have sustained in practice and I’m hoping that the immediate fears pf a long recovery are proven unfounded after more tests are done. In a comment, Kevin pointed out that the matches Abidal is expected to miss are: @ATM, Racing, @Malaga, Valencia (home), @Zaragoza, Osasuna, @Mallorca, Athletic Bilbao. That is not such a bad run to miss if you’re going to miss an 8 match section. The problem is that we’ve also got Stuttgart home and away in the CL during that stretch.
-In the meantime, what are we left with? Our back line for the Atletico match on Sunday is looking shakier and shakier, with our suspensions and injuries piling up. Off the top of my head, we’ll see Albert Dalmau come up from the cantera to see some action alongside Carles Puyol and Gabi Milito/Dmytro Chygrynskiy in the middle and Maxwell on the left. We very well could see Puyol on the right and a partnership of Milito and Chygrynskiy in the middle, but I prefer his solidity in the middle rathe than his legs on the right where Dalmau has a chance to shine. Another possibility is Marc Muniesa on the left or in the middle, which would be a pretty serious move on Guardiola’s part simply because Muniesa is 17, would be facing Forlan and Aguero if put at CB, and isn’t as used to LB duty as CB duty were he placed out wide (meaning Maxwell on the right).
-Word on the street (aka the Internet) is that Sergio Busquets is not suspended because 2 of his 5 yellow cards were accrued in a single match (vs Real Madrid) and he has previously served a suspension for that. If true, that increases our options in midfield for the weekend match with Yaya Toure currently out and Seydou Keita possibly needed to fill in for Andres Iniesta, who received a slight knock during practice today.
-In meaningless news, Cesc Fabregas is apparently looking for a house in Barcelona. His move to the city is imminent!!! A quick check of Wikipedia confirms that he has absolutely no family in or around Barcelona that he could possibly wish to visit during the offseason, nor does he have the money available to him after such a non-career to be able to afford a place wherever he’d like to live. Thus, the only logical conclusion is that Nike has purchased the house for him on the grounds that he make a fancy move to Barça in the coming summer so as to ensure that Sandro Rosell is elected to the Barcelona presidency. Also HAARP is involved.
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