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Medical all clear for David Villa

The FC Barcelona’s forward will increase his work rate and physical conditioning in the team’s upcoming training sessions in order to be match fit as soon as possible. Doctors Cugat and Pruna note that “he’s doing very well medically, but he’s not in optimal physical condition yet”. Villa was injured last December, in the semifinals of the Club World Cup.


01 August 2012 04:59 PM


Jordi Clos

Barcelona (FCB).- David Villa was given the medical all clear this Tuesday. According to doctors Cugat and Pruna, the player, who\u2019s still not fit enough to play, can now increase his work rate and concentrate on his physical conditioning. The doctors noted that \u201Cone thing is getting the medical all clear and another is to be physically ready to play.\u201D The doctors estimate that the player still has a bit to go before he can compete on the pitch.

\u201CHe wasn\u2019t given clearance to play, he\u2019s training normally with his teammates but he still has work to do before he plays,\u201D explained Pruna. Cugat added: \u201Che\u2019s been with the team for two weeks, he feels great and he\u2019s asking for more. His recovery isn\u2019t behind schedule. He\u2019s followed a very normal plan, it\u2019s not about rushing him.\u201D

Tibia fracture in the Club World Cup

The striker fractured his tibia in the semifinals of the Club World Cup in Japan this December. Villa missed the second half of Barça\u2019s season and the Euro championship with the Spanish national team.

Fontàs, Thiago and Cuenca

In the press conference after Marc Muniesa\u2019s surgery, doctors Cugat and Pruna also talked about the other players on Barça\u2019s injury list: Andreu Fontàs, Thiago Alcántara and Isaac Cuenca.

On Fontàs: \u201Cthis Saturday is the six-month anniversary of his surgery, he\u2019s trained 23 times with the team and he\u2019s held up well. We have to conduct more tests on August 7th - it\u2019s possible that he\u2019ll have medical clearance to play before the mini-tour.\u201D

On Thiago, they said: \u201Che\u2019s made an effort to rest these past two months, meaning he missed the Euro and the Olympics - that\u2019s not easy for him to accept. His recovery is going according to plan. We conducted some tests today and we\u2019ll have the results this afternoon. We\u2019re in the final phase of his recovery, he should start running on the pitch by week\u2019s end - he\u2019ll be given the all clear to play soon. He\u2019s nearly healed completely from his injury and now he has to get in shape after two months of inactivity.\u201D

Finally, on Cuenca, the doctors said: \u201Che\u2019s recovering well but we can\u2019t rush it. His external meniscus is getting stronger on a daily basis.\u201D


  • Puyol, Villa and Pedro in Tuesday's training session (by FC Barcelona)

  • Puyol, Villa and Pedro in Tuesday's training session (by FC Barcelona)