Champions League: Barcelona defender Adriano to miss Ajax clash with ankle injury
Barcelona defender Adriano has been ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Ajax with an ankle injury.
Last Updated: 26/11/13 4:10pm
The official Barca website confirmed the 29-year-old Brazil international "sprained the ligaments in his left ankle" during Saturday's 4-0 victory over Granada at the Nou Camp and will be sidelined for the Group H match at the Amsterdam ArenA.
But, in better news for the Primera Division leaders, Xavi returned to training on Sunday following a hamstring niggle and has been named in coach Gerardo Martino's 19-man squad for the trip.
The 33-year-old was left out of the Spain squad that travelled to South Africa last week, with a view to resting ahead of Saturday's match, but medical tests then discovered a muscle strain to his left hamstring forcing him out.
Xavi's return comes as great news for the club, who have seen their squad decimated in recent weeks with goalkeeper Victor Valdes (calf) and defender Dani Alves (calf) the latest players to fall victim to injury.
They joined Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Jonathan Dos Santos, Ibrahim Afellay and Cristian Tello on the sidelines although Martino recalled Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique to the starting line-up against Granada and they have suffered no adverse effects so have also been included in the squad to travel to Holland.
Youth team players defender Sergi Gomez, midfielder Patric and forwards Adama Traore, who made his first-team debut as a second-half substitute on Saturday, and Jean-Marie Dongou are also included in the squad.