19 in squad for Granada, without Xavi, Villa, Dos Santos i Abidal

Song i Messi, a l'entrenament. FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ--FCB.
Barça will be taking every available player apart from Dos Santos to Saturday’s game at Los Cármenes

The absentees are Villa, Abidal and Xavi, although the latter was able to train normally on Friday

The squad

Valdés, Pinto, Dani Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Adriano, Song i Tello.

The Barça management have named 19 players from the trip to Andalusia on Saturday to face Granada. That means places for everyone apart from Jonathan dos Santos, who was declared fit only on Thursday. Jordi Roura is unable to take any of David Villa, Éric Abidal or Xavi Hernández.

Xavi progressing and UEFA control

The big story this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva was the return of Xavi to training with the rest of the squad. Meanwhile David Villa, who was released from hospital today, worked out in the gym.

The session ended with a UEFA doping control, a normal procedure for all teams through to the last sixteen of the Champions League. All of Valdés, Fàbregas, Alexis, Thiago, Mascherano, Bartra, Sergio, Pedro, Jordi Alba and Song were required to give samples.

Illustrious visit

A special guest today at Sant Joan Despí was Gaby Milito, who wore the FCB colours from 2007 to 2011. The Argentinian retired from football a few months ago.