Xavi targets Valencia return

Xavi has suffered a small strain in his left leg, an injury picked up in the weekend clash with Athletic Bilbao. His absence would be a big blow, particularly with the second leg of the crucial home leg of the Champions League tie with Arsenal to come after the Valencia clash.

The playmaker said: “We’ll see how it develops but in principle I could be fit for the Valencia game. These are feelings you have yourself. Last year I played with a similar injury but each person has their own sensations, if they feel mentally prepared.”