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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 will be out of action for the next ten days
Xavi Hernández will be out of action for the next ten days ©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.