Barcelona's Jordi Alba ruled out of Getafe clash but captain Puyol recovers

The Catalans €14 million summer signing is unavailable for this weekend’s league match along with Iniesta and Alexis but the skipper is fit again for selection

Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Getafe after failing to recover from flu in time.

The 23-year-old joins Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez on the sidelines.

But there is cause for optimism following the good news that captain Carles Puyol is available for selection after recovering from a fractured cheekbone

Andres Iniesta misses out due to a hamstring injury that he sustained on international duty with Spain while Alexis Sanchez also misses the trip to Coliseum Alfonso Pérez after tearing a thigh muscle which meant he had to train in isolation this morning.

Puyol, who suffered a fractured cheekbone against Osasuna on August 26, has been given medical clearance to play against the Madrid-based side but must wear a facemask.

Tito Vilanova has named 19 players (17 from the first team plus Tello and Deulofeu of Barça B) for the Liga match against Getafe on Saturday.

Barcelona were defeated by the hosts last November 1-0.