Xavi knock gives Barcelona cause for concern

Xavi Hernández faces a race against time to be fit for FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League decider against Arsenal FC after being laid off for ten days with a torn calf muscle.

Xavi Hernández of FC Barcelona shows his dejection during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Arsenal FC
Xavi Hernández of FC Barcelona shows his dejection during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Arsenal FC ©Getty Images

FC Barcelona are confident Xavi Hernández will be available for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider against Arsenal FC although the midfielder is nursing a calf injury.

The 31-year-old has been ruled out for ten days with a minor muscle tear in his left calf, which he had initially dismissed as a bout of cramp. The Spanish club's medical staff nonetheless expect him to be involved as Josep Guardiola's side bid to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Arsenal at Camp Nou on 8 March.

Meanwhile, Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés and defender Carles Puyol continue to receive specialist attention as they look to shake off left knee complaints.