West Ham United
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
6:45 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Shakhtar Donetsk
Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK
7:00 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 1
Game Details
Red Star Belgrade
6:30 PM UTC
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
W Connection FC
Honduras Progreso
12:00 AM UTC Aug 26, 2016
Game Details
CD Dragon
2:00 AM UTC Aug 26, 2016
Game Details

When is the Europa League draw?

Europa League

When is the Champions League draw?

Champions League

Trending: Clubs await UCL draw


Spain's Lopetegui denies Casillas rumours

By ESPN Staff

Puyol in line for Gunners return

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is back in training ahead of Saturday's Primera Division match at home to Zaragoza and looks set to be fit to face Arsenal in the teams' Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday night.

Puyol has been out since the middle of January with a knee injury and missed the 2-1 defeat at the Emirates earlier this month, but his participation in the second match is all the more important because team-mate Gerard Pique is suspended.

The veteran defender trained normally on Thursday, but is unlikely to be risked against Zargoza. Pique, though, will start at the Camp Nou before making way in the European clash.

The former Manchester United defender has been forced to deal with increased media attention of late, due to his well-publicised relationship with Colombian singer Shakira.

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old says his private life has no bearing on his performances on the pitch.

"Performances do not depend on one's private life,'' he said. Pique says he is devastated to miss the Arsenal game, but believes his central defensive partner Puyol will be available.

"I am totally gutted to miss it, but I'm an optimist and I think Carles will be ready - he still has a few days ahead to get fit,'' he said. "If I had to bet, I would bet that he would be ready for the game against Arsenal.''


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.