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Busquets to take pain-killing injections for Roma game

The defensive midfielder has been given the all-clear to play against the Serie A side but only returned to full training on Tuesday.

Busquets, en el último entrenamiento antes del partido ante la Roma

Sergio Busquets has no intention of missing Barcelona’s clash with Roma in the Champions League and even a fractured toe won’t keep the defensive midfielder from taking to the pitch in Camp Nou.

Busquets suffered the injury during Barcelona’s 3-0, last-16 victory over Chelsea at Camp Nou and was expected to be out for three weeks. The Spain international missed La Roja’s friendlies during the Fifa break and was left out of Ernesto Valverde’s squad for the 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Valverde to exercise caution with Busquets 

Busquet’s trained with the Barça squad in the final session before Wednesday night’s game but was still feeling the effects of the injury, leading to club doctors to recommend he takes pain-killing injections to take to the pitch against Roma.

It has now been three weeks since Busquets picked up the injury but the midfielder’s expected recovery time has been slightly slower than projected. He was scheduled to return to training on March 29 but only made his awaited appearance at Barça’s training complex on Monday.

He did not complete the full session on that occasion but stepped things up on Tuesday and is expected to start on Wednesday, although Valverde will be cautious with such a key player and 180 minutes to negotiate against Roma.


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