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Barcelona boosted by Xavi, Alba ahead of PSG trip

Xavi and Alba back for Barca's PSG trip after recovering hamstring strain injuries

Reuters, Sunday 31 Mar 2013
Xavi and Alba
Barcelona's players Xavi and Alba (Photo: Reuters)

Barcelona's Xavi and Jordi Alba have both recovered from hamstring strains and were included in their squad on Sunday for the trip to play Paris St Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The duo returned injured from international duty with Spain - Alba after the World Cup qualifying draw with Finland a week ago, and Xavi after helping the world champions to get a 1-0 win away to France.

They were left out of the leaders' squad for their 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

Coach Tito Vilanova took charge of Sunday's training session as he steadily works his way back into the job after two months in New York receiving cancer treatment.

Vilanova returned to Barcelona last week and missed the Celta game but, all being well, is expected to travel to Paris with the team for Tuesday's first leg.

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