BARCA BOSS WANTS PIQUE READY FOR CHELSEA

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Key Barcelona defender Gerard Pique suffered a knee injury during last weekend’s clash with Espanyol.

Pique who has been a doubt for the Champions League second round tie against Chelsea featured against Valencia in the Copa del Rey earlier this week but there are still question marks surrounding his fitness.

However, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is confident the former Manchester United star will be fit to face Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League.

“We will have to see if Pique is able to start the game or not,” he told reporters.

“I would like all my players to be able to train the day before a game, so if he hasn’t trained then there’s obviously a reason for that.

“It’s true that he still has a problem. The other day we decided to risk him [against Valencia] because it was a decisive game.

“We will see if he plays, but it’s another important game.

“We hope he’s fine for Chelsea and, touch wood, he doesn’t have any setbacks.”

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