Xavi and Alves make Barca squad
Xavi and Dani Alves are both in Barcelona’s squad to face Stuttgart
on Tuesday even though the duo await the green light to return to
Full-back Alves had been absent for a month due to a calf
problem while Xavi picked up a thigh injury during last weekend’s
defeat to Atletico Madrid that had been expected to keep the Spain
international out for around 15 days.
However, both players have been named in a 20-man travelling
party for the trip to Germany for the first leg of Barca’s last-16
clash with Stuttgart.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a late withdrawal ahead of
Saturday night’s 4-0 win over Racing Santander with an ankle
problem, has also been included along with young duo Jonathan dos
Santos and Marc Bartra, but injured pair Seydou Keita and Eric
Abidal are missing.