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  • December 22, 2012
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla, Valladolid
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
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La Liga Preview: Real Valladolid - Barcelona

Jordi Roura will lead the Catalans as stand-in coach in the absence of Tito Vilanova, who is recovering from Thursday's operation to remove a tumor from his parotid gland.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


VALLADOLID

Cagliari
 Hernandez
Rukavina, Sereno, Valiente, Balenziaga
Rubio, Perez
Omar, Oscar, Bueno
Manucho


BARCELONA

Juventus
Valdes
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa


Real Valladolid midfielder Alvaro Rubio is struggling with a muscle problem and could miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter with Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla.

Pucela boss Miroslav Djukic could stick with the same side that played out a goalless draw at Deportivo La Coruna on Monday.

Barcelona will again be without Cesc Fabregas, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury. But defender Eric Abidal has returned to training for the first time since he needed a liver transplant in April and could return to first-team action in January.

Meanwhile, Barca announced on Thursday that Tito Vilanova's operation on his parotid gland had gone successfully.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Valladolid has won just two of its last six matches in La Liga.
  • The Pucela have lost their last five Liga encounters with Barcelona.
  • Valladolid's last home win over Barca was a 2-1 success in October 2002.
  • Barcelona is on a nine-match winning run in La Liga and is the only team with a 100 percent record away from home this season.
  • The Catalan giants will face Serie A outfit AC Milan in the Champions League round of 16 on Feb. 20 and March 12.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has netted 11 goals in his last five Liga outings for Barca.

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22D. HernándezGoalkeeper
2Antonio RukavinaDefender
4Marc ValienteDefender
-SerenoDefender
24BalenziagaDefender
-ÓscarMidfielder
-OmarMidfielder
-SastreMidfielder
-Víctor PérezMidfielder
-BuenoStriker
26ManuchoStriker
-JaimeGoalkeeper
17Carlos PeñaMidfielder
8Javier Baraja VegasDefender
18Álvaro RubioMidfielder
-Rubén PeñaMidfielder
-Juan Angel NeiraStriker
-Javi GuerraStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
-Sergio GómezDefender
6XaviMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
7PedroStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
5Carles PuyolDefender
2MontoyaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
32Jonathan Dos SantosMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
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