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The league returns after the international break and Barça, who are three points adrift of Real Madrid, face Zaragoza at the Camp Nou. There's no room for error. There are crunch Champions League, Liga and Clubs World Cup games just around the corner, but despite an important trip to Milan midweek, the manager is taking no risks in Saturday's fixture.

Response to tiredness

Although they looked good on the rainy trip to San Mamés, for a team with as many players in their national teams as Barcelona, it is never easy to get straight back to work after an international break. And this time, it's not just the South Americans but also those that played for Spain that have had to cross the ocean twice in a week. One of these, Leo Messi, has been the centre of attention, with some wondering whether he will be in a fit state to play after the gruelling game in Colombia. But Pep Guardiola is hearing none of it, and insists that the Argentine striker is ready to play.

Pedro Rodríguez will be back in action. That leaves just two players sidelined through injury, Adriano and Afellay.

Opposing team announced

Zaragoza, meanwhile, come to the Camp Nou in desperate need of points, for they are currently just one above the drop zone. Manager Javier Aguirre has already confirmed that his starting eleven will be Roberto, Juárez, Mateos, Lánzaro, Paredes, Barrera, Ponzio, Meira, Juan Carlos, Luis García and Postiga. He has learned at the last minute that both his goalkeeper Leo Franco and defender Paulo da Silva are unfit to play.


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