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Lyon v Barcelona Preview

The Champions League returns this evening and Barca travelled to Lyon on Monday, with the following squad, Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Sylvinho, Puyol, Víctor Sánchez, Cáceres, Piqué, Márquez, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Gudjohnsen, Keita, Touré Yaya, Hleb, Messi, Eto’o, Bojan and Henry.

Only the injured Milito, Abidal and Iniesta remained in Barcelona and tests carried out on Sunday morning on Abidal have confirmed that he will be out for eight weeks. According to the club’s medical staff, he is suffering from a ruptured adductor muscle on his right leg.

Barcelona have played Lyon four times in Europe, and with three wins and a draw have never lost. In France the Catalans have one win 2-3 in the group stages in 2001/02 and a 2-2 draw in the group stages in 2007/08). However, in knock-out ties against French opposition Barca haven’t done so well, having lost to Nice, Metz and Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca, who had been the form team in Europe, come into this game having picked up just one point out of the last six in the League and a painful defeat in Saturday’s city derby. However, they’ll have the support of around 2,000 fans who crossing the border to cheer on their heroes.

Lyon are in their best form of the season. They are riding high at the top of Ligue 1 six points ahead of Paris SG and are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions

Probable Teams:

Lyon: Lloris; Mensah, Cris, Boumsong, Grosso; Keita, Makoun, Toulalan, Juninho, Ederson; Benzema

Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Pique, Marquez, Puyol; Xavi, Touré, Busquets; Messi, Eto’o, Henry

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