Adriano Correia will not play against Córdoba this evening at the Camp Nou. The injury to his right ankle persists and he has therefore been dropped from the squad. Jordi Roura explained in his press conference on Wednesday that the coaching staff would use this morning’s training session as a gauge to see whether Adriano would be fit to play. The Brazilian defender picked up the injury during the open training session on the 4th of January, which already caused him to miss the Catalan derby against Espanyol. The progress of his recovery will determine his availability for other upcoming matches.
Barça trained this Wednesday, continuing the team’s preparations for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match against Córdoba (21:30). The blaugranes worked in a session led by Jordi Roura at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Adriano Correia was able to work with the group after training separately on Tuesday. Isaac Cuenca also continued working with his teammates. Barça B’s Sergi Roberto trained with the first team today and has been included in the squad for Thursday’s game.
Nineteen players will travel to Cordoba this Wednesday. Vilanova’s squad list includes 17 players from the first team -all the available footballers except for Valdés, Adriano and Iniesta, who will be rested per decision of the coaching staff- plus Oier and Tello, from Barça B. Carles Puyol will make the trip, after being substituted during Sunday’s game as a precaution and spending Monday working in the gym. This Tuesday, the blaugrana captain was able to train normally with the rest of the group.
FC Barcelona’s players were back to work this Monday morning, training with the ball for the Copa del Rey at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Barça has begun preparing for the first leg of the Round of 16 this Wednesday away at Cordoba with all the available footballers of the first team plus Sergi Gómez, Jordi Quintillà, Joan Àngel Román, Javier Espinosa, Ivan Balliu, Sergio Araujo, Edgar Ié, Oier Olazábal, and Cristian Tello, of the B team.
Córdoba CF vs. FC Barcelona B, Matchday 12, Segunda A
Friday, November 4, 2011 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Venue: Nuevo Arcángel, Córdoba (Capacity: 18,280)
FC Barcelona B heads into match day 12 solidly in the middle of the table, in 13th place after three consecutive wins, including their first at home at the Miniestadi. Their opponents today, Córdoba, currently sitting 9th in the table, have a mixed record at home, with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss. Can the B team continue their recent run of good results today? Links to streams and a bit of team news can be found after the jump.