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May 5, 2009

Sport.es has reported a possibility of Thierry Henry missing the game at Stamford Bridge due to a slight knee trouble. Initially Sport.es has reported that Henry was ruled out of the squad. But FC Barcelona looked like have denied any such move and confirmed that Henry will definitely be in the travelling party. According to Sport, Henry will undergo a training at Chelsea and any decision will be taken after that. There was no official communication regarding all these in FC Barcelona's official website, hence we can't confirm the authenticity of any of these claims. With Puyol already injured , the last thing Pep Guardiola want is an injury to the French International. Thierry Henry was kept quiet in the first leg against Chelsea but was in top form against Real Madrid.

The possibility of Henry missing the tie against Chelsea could pose much problems for Guardiola. Iniesta has done very well in that position and the normal logic would be to bring in Keita in to midfield and move Iniesta forward. This will also add a defensive cover to the formation and hence will be good for a team which will be missing Puyol. But there are enough troubles for Guardiola in doing the same - an absence of Iniesta in the midfield will create trouble for Xavi. It becomes easy for Chelsea midfield to double mark Xavi out of the match. Keita's presence will also means that there will not be any pace available from midfield, many pundits have attributed the lack of pace for Barca's poor performance in first leg. The best news for Barca will be to see Henry fit for the match. But if that does not happen, it is always better to play Bojan in that position rather than move Iniesta up front. We will be having a very inexperienced Central Defense for this match and that makes it essesntial that our midfield dominates the possession completely.

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