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Barça suffer Belletti setback

Published: Monday 16 October 2006, 20.09CET
Juliano Belletti has been ruled out of FC Barcelona's game against Chelsea FC but there is some good news for the holders as three key players return.
 

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Published: Monday 16 October 2006, 20.09CET

Barça suffer Belletti setback

Juliano Belletti has been ruled out of FC Barcelona's game against Chelsea FC but there is some good news for the holders as three key players return.

FC Barcelona have travelled to London ahead of their UEFA Champions League encounter against Chelsea FC without Juliano Belletti after the right-back suffered a shoulder injury on Sunday.

Dislocated shoulder
The 30-year-old Brazilian defender was replaced by Gianluca Zambrotta midway through the first half of Barça's 3-1 Primera División victory against Sevilla FC after falling awkwardly and damaging his right shoulder, and will not recover in time for the game on Wednesday. Tests on Monday revealed that Belletti, for whom the Sevilla game was his first league appearance of the season, had dislocated the joint and is expected to be out of action for the next fortnight.

Trio return
Samuel Eto'o is already ruled out of the Group A game at Stamford Bridge following knee surgery but there is some good news for coach Frank Rijkaard as Carles Puyol, Giovanni van Brockhorst and Santiago Ezquerro are all included in the 20-man party having sat out the Sevilla match.

Last updated: 16/10/06 22.38CET

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