Barca receive injury boost
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The injuries picked up by Barca's Juliano Belletti and Ludovic Giuly are not serious.Barcelona are breathing easier after it was confirmed that the injuries sustained by Ludovic Giuly and Juliano Belletti are not serious.
Both players were forced off in Barca's 1-1 draw at Numancia on Saturday.
Belletti was carried off in the first half after falling awkwardly from a header on the rock-hard, icy surface.
Tests have revealed the Brazilian full back has badly bruised his lower back region, but while he is still a slight doubt for the Barcelona derby against Espanyol on Wednesday, he is not expected to be out of action for a significant period of time.
The news of French winger Giuly is similar as he too suffered a back injury.
The former Monaco man was replaced by Andres Iniesta on 50 minutes after taking a knock but is expected to be fit to participate in the club's next training session on Monday.