Xavi targets Valencia return
Barcelona star Xavi is hoping for a return to action against Primera Liga leaders Valencia.
Last Updated: 09/10/10 5:47pm
Barcelona star Xavi is hoping for a return to action against Primera Liga leaders Valencia next weekend.
The Spain international has been out of action due to an Achilles tendon injury and sat out the Catalan giants' 1-1 draw with Real Mallorca last weekend.
Xavi was also forced out of Spain's two Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Lithuania and Scotland.
The world and European champions comfortably disposed of the Lithuanians 3-1 on Friday night and Vicente del Bosque's side are now preparing for Tuesday's qualifier against the Scots.
But the 30-year-old midfielder feels he will be fit in time for the visit of table-toppers Valencia to Camp Nou.
When asked about his fitness, Xavi told his club's official website: "I'm getting better, I've suffered enough and I've played with quite a lot of pain.
"The doctors knew it, I knew it, but they were important games and I wanted to be involved, but in the end the pain was unbearable.
"After the (Champions League) match with Rubin Kazan I spoke with Del Bosque and with Pep (Guardiola).
"I think that it was a good moment to rest. This 20-day break has been good for me and we'll see if I can overcome this tendonitis and this great pain that I have."
Asked when he hoped to return to action, he said: "I'm always optimistic, I like to think positively and I hope to be there against Valencia.
"It depends on how I feel and the training sessions this week. The doctors and physios tell me I could be there to face Valencia but we'll see how things go."
Barca are currently fourth in La Liga, three points behind pacesetters Valencia after six matches and Xavi admits they can ill afford to slip up at home.
"We have dropped five points and that can't happen.
"We only dropped two all last season with the draw against Villarreal and these five points might be vital at the end of the season.
"Let's hope not, but five points are a lot to drop at home."