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Mascherano: Doubtful for Barca

Mascherano: Doubtful for Barca

Mid-table Real Zaragoza make the trip to La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday night looking for their first win at the Nou Camp in 46 years.

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The last time Blanquillos came away from the Catalan capital victorious was way back in the 1966/67 season when they beat Barca 1-0.

However, the Blaugrana are in ominous form this term, scoring 36 goals in their opening 11 games to top the standings on 31 points, three ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

The Aragon outfit, meanwhile, sit in 11th spot on 15 points, having won five and lost six matches in the league this term, and sport a negative goal difference.

Zaragoza will be buoyed by their 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Deportivo La Coruna last time out, although they face a Barca team who are undefeated this term in the league.

Tito Vilanova's side, who beat Real Mallorca 4-2 last Sunday, could be without Javier Mascherano for this weekend's home tie.

The versatile Argentine is considered doubtful after picking up a knock on international duty in midweek.

Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez is ruled out after returning from international duty with a leg injury.

Vilanova also is still without Ibrahim Afellay and Pedro (both knee), with Adriano (leg) joining the duo on the sidelines after he sustained a leg muscle injury while playing for Brazil.

Meanwhile, the visitors have suffered a blow with the news that Paraguayan defender Paulo Da Silva has broken his right leg, which will rule him out until next year.

But Zaragoza coach Javier Aguirre is set to welcome back defender Abraham and midfielder Adam Pinter after the duo returned to training on Monday having recovered from their respective injuries.

Posted: 16/11/12 15:41

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