Xavi sets return target

Barca midfielder confident of being fit to face Arsenal

Xavi: Expects to face Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi is confident he will be back to fitness in advance of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League tie against Arsenal.

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Xavi faces a brief spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury during last weekend's Primera Liga win over Athletic Bilbao.

The Spain international will miss this weekend's game against Real Mallorca and was also expected to be sidelined for next midweek's clash with Valencia.

However, the World Cup winner is optimistic he can face Valencia, a week before Barca tackle Arsenal again in the Champions League.

"We'll see how it develops but in principle I could be fit for the Valencia game," said the 31-year-old.

"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."

Barca trail Arsenal 2-1 going into the second leg of the last-16 tie after David Villa's first-half goal was cancelled out by Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin at Emirates Stadium last week.