Barcelona's Javier Mascherano ready to play as centre-back in the Spanish Supercopa against Real Madrid

The Argentine midfielder would have no qualms playing in the backline for the Spanish Supercopa, a competition he is eager to win as it would be a massive boost for the season
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has guaranteed he would not be uncomfortable with playing as a centre-back against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa.

The Liga champions are preparing for the first leg on Sunday with several injury worries at the back, as Gerard Pique sustained an injury in Wednesday's international friendly between Spain and Italy.

And with captain Carles Puyol currently recovering from knee surgery, it is believed coach Pep Guardiola will have to use an adapted centre-back, and Mascherano says he would have no problem filling in.

"I would prefer that all my teammates were available to play, but if I am picked I will try do it the same way I did last year," he said at a press conference.

"The advantage is that I already have experience in that position."

Following the departure of Gabriel Milito to Independiente, it has been suggested that Barca boss Pep Guardiola could need another defender, but Mascherano has ruled out such scenario.

"He [Guardiola] trusts what he has. I am sad with Milito's departure because he is a great friend, but I know he is happy to be back with his family," he added.

The Argentine also signalled the importance of winning the Supercopa: "This is an important trophy and we want to win it because it will help us face the season with our confidence boosted."