Tuesday, November 14, 2006

And then there were four...

an' one of them is Eidur Gudjohnsen. It seems that my post on Santi Ezquerro was nothing if not timely. Yesterday evening Javier Saviola joined Leo Messi and Samuel Eto'o on the ever lengthening list of injured Barcelona forwards. Saviola is out for up to six weeks with a thigh strain. This is a particularly tough blow for him after his fabulous performance against Saragossa on Sunday.

Barça now have two crucial Champions League games in the next few weeks, both of which they must win, with Santi as their only option on the bench if things aren't going according to plan. As Sir Alex would say, it's squeaky bum time, with qualification hinging on the final group game at home to Bremen.

(product) RED

As expected, Barcelona will appeal the sendings off of Motta, Neeskens and Naval. Motta will have his card rescinded as he did nothing wrong but I don't imagine that the others will have much joy. Neeskens grabbed Juanfran by the neck during the post-red card shoving match, Naval was dismissed for continuing to protest and mouth off to the referee long after play had been restarted and neither has any real grounds for appeal. The case will be heard during the week.

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