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Barcelona v Osasuna

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Villa: Pushing for a start

Villa: Pushing for a start

Barcelona host strugglers Osasuna this Sunday hoping to return to winning ways in the Primera Liga after succumbing to their first league defeat of the season away at Real Sociedad last week.

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The Blaugrana registered their first loss in a 3-2 reverse at Anoeta Stadium last Saturday, but did get back on the winning trail in midweek following their 4-2 Copa Del Rey win over Malaga.

Barca will be hoping to further their lead at the top of the Primera Liga table, as they currently sit eight points ahead of closest rivals Atletico Madrid in second place.

The Catalans do not have too many injuries to contend with, with the exception of long-term absentee Eric Abidal, who continues his recovery from a liver transplant.

Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes will likely regain starting berths after both players were rested for the cup clash in midweek, while David Villa is in contention to start following recovery from a calf injury, with Cesc Fabregas possibly giving way for the former Valencia hitman.

Osasuna head into the match with Barca on the back of a 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Los Rojillos will be hoping to carry their recent good form into the match at the Camp Nou, after also registering a goalless draw with defending champions Real Madrid a fortnight ago.

Jose Luis Mendilibar's men are relatively free of injuries, with winger Sisi and midfielder Torres the only absentees for Sunday night's game.

Posted: 25/01/13 15:34

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