Updates from Friday, March 7
Gerard Pique has boosted Barcelona ahead of the weekend trip to Real Valladolid by returning to first-team training.
A squad update on their official website noted:
Dani Alves and Neymar are back from international duty and joined their team-mates this morning, as did Gerard Piqué, who has recovered from a minor thigh injury and was able to train normally with the rest of the squad
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is set to sit out for a couple of weeks after sustaining a leg injury in the Spanish champions' 3-1 loss at Real Sociedad on Saturday, according to AS English on Twitter:
Barça confirm that Gerard Piqué faces a fortnight on the sidelines after suffering an injury to his right leg.— AS English (@English_AS) February 23, 2014
The 27-year-old center-back has made 22 starts for Barca in La Liga this season and 33 total in all competitions with the club. Pique has scored four goals this season and 20 since he arrived at Camp Nou back in 2008.
One of the elite passing center-backs in the game, the 6'4" Pique has been a stellar defensive presence for Barcelona and the Spanish national team in recent years.
Heading into the club's Champions League clash earlier in the week, Pique expressed his feelings towards Barcelona, courtesy of Chris McKenna of the Daily Star, “If I had to choose now between joining City and United, it would definitely be United. But I am really happy in Barcelona, it is the club of my life.”
Although it remains to be seen how quickly Pique will recover, Barca will hope to have him back in time for the Champions League Round of 16 showdown with Manchester City on March 12. Until then, Barca are looking at winnable matches against Almeria and Real Valladolid.
Both clubs are currently among the bottom five teams in the league. However, Barca can ill afford a slip-up against either side as they now trail Real Madrid by three points with just 13 matches to play.