Barcelona go to Getafe without Iniesta and Alba

By Drum Digital
13 September 2012

Barca will go to Getafe without Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba. Iniesta pulled a muscle in his right calf in Spain's torturous 1-0 win in Georgia

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are facing tricky away games on Saturday in the La Liga.

on Tuesday, whilst Alba picked up a heavy cold on the trip.

Iniesta's absence will open the door for Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal captain has started the season in poor form, though he did set up the winner for Roberto Soldado in Georgia.

Another Barca man keen to impress is David Villa, who has hardly played since breaking his right leg nine months ago.

On Wednesday the veteran striker said: "I really want to have a good season. Things are getting back to normal: I'm training with the team again and am back on the team-sheet.

"I feel a hundred per cent again. I want to feel like a footballer again, I want to feel useful."

When asked about Getafe - where Barca lost 1-0 last season - Villa said: "It will be a very complicated game. We have to maintain the gap that we have built up over the others, but it will not be easy."

Barca are the only team to have won their first three games, having made their best start since 1997.

Later on Saturday, Real will be away to Sevilla, in what will be Cristiano Ronaldo's first game for the champions since his bizarre "I am sad" explosion two weeks ago.

Ronaldo tried to deny the rumors that he wanted a massive pay rise by saying: "I am not worried about my contract. My attention will be exclusively focused on winning matches and trophies, with the help of my team-mates."

Even so, Marca and AS claimed on Wednesday that Real president Florentino Perez is poised to raise Ronaldo's annual salary from 10 million (12.8 US dollars) to 15 million euros.

Real are ninth with just four points, Sevilla are seventh with five.

Also on Saturday, Malaga - who are joint second with surprise packages Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano - will receive Levante, whilst Valencia will be looking for their first win, in Mestalla against Celta Vigo.

Sunday's big game will see Atletico Madrid at home to capital rivals Rayo, whilst bottom team Osasuna receive Mallorca, Espanyol face Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad take on Zaragoza.

On Monday Valladolid will be trying to continue their dream start, at home to inconsistent Betis.Author: Duncan Shaw

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