Mixed fortunes for injured Valencia trio

MADRID - Valencia striker David Villa is recovering from a torn thigh muscle and could be fit for Saturday's home match against Barcelona.

Defender Carlos Marchena tore a muscle on duty with Spain at the weekend and will be out for three to four weeks and winger Joaquin's muscle injury will sideline him for around three weeks, the club said on their website on Tuesday.

Valencia are fifth in La Liga on 11 points, seven behind leaders Barcelona after six matches.