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Tito Vilanova: “In principle, Messi will be okay” for the FC Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo game

Barça’s Boss insisted that Messi, who missed training this morning as his first son was about to be born, will be available for Saturday’s game against Celta de Vigo. Vilanova also stated that Piqué “will be back in training with the rest of us in a few days’ time”.

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02 November 2012 07:52 PM

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Roger Bogunyà

Barcelona (FCB).- Leo Messi was given permission by FC Barcelona to miss this morning\u2019s training, as his first son was about to be born. However Tito Vilanova explained to this lunchtime\u2019s press conference: \u201Cin principal he will be okay for the game. It\u2019s no big deal that he misses one day\u2019s training\u201D.


\u201CWe have to be on top form\u201D

Tito Vilanova also referred to this weekend\u2019s rival Celta de Vigo, who currently sit in 13th spot at the Spanish League: \u201Cthey like to hold onto the ball for a long time and start their moves from the back. We need to steal the ball deep if we want to stop them making us run. Celta will try and play football and we will have to be on top form to beat them.\u201D FC Barcelona\u2019s Manager also admitted he had \u201Csome good memories\u201D from his time as a player with Celta de Vigo: \u201Cthey always treated me really well\u201D.

Piqué back soon

Vilanova also revealed that Gerard Piqué, who has been out for a month, is getting closer to making his reappearance: \u201Che\u2019s had two days of hard training and it\u2019s just a matter of a few days before he is back working with the rest of us. It\u2019s important that we start to get players back in his position, especially with Carles Puyol also out\u201D. Finally Barça\u2019s Manager expressed his satisfaction with Alexis Sánchez, claiming: \u201Che always does what I ask of him\u201D.

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  • Tito Vilanova's directing Barça's training to prepare for the game with Celta de Vigo (by FC Barcelona)

  • Tito Vilanova's directing Barça's training to prepare for the game with Celta de Vigo (by FC Barcelona)