Barca: Xavi, don’t worsen injury

Barcelona medic Dr Ricard Pruna has commented on Xavi Hernandez’ availability this international break for Spain.

The midfielder was confirmed by head Coach Vicente del Bosque to have asked to be included in Spain’s squad for qualifying matches against Finland and France next week.

This was despite the 33-year-old suffering a relapse against Milan of a thigh injury first sustained in mid-February.

For Barcelona, the message to the player has been to take care and return to them in no worse a condition.

“We are not concerned that Xavi is playing with La Seleccion. The femoral biceps of his right leg, injured four weeks ago against Madrid, had a relapse,” explained Pruna to reporters over the weekend.

“We have done everything so that he could play the 90 minutes against Milan, and the post-game consequences are minimal, but this injury is not healed.

“He must be careful and take caution in training. We have spoken to the team doctors. The message? Do not get injured as there is much to play for.

“He knows exactly his injury. There is a risk, he always wants to play, but it requires some care. It depends on the player and the physicians.

“All I’m saying is be attentive, take care that we do not see Xavi injured again, because the club also has some interest in him.”

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