Guardiola makes Valencia trip despite injury

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will travel to Valencia for today's league match despite suffering back pain that forced him to miss training yesterday, the club said.

"Guardiola has been having back trouble in recent days, but despite missing training on yesterday, he will be travelling to Valencia," Barça said in a statement on the club website.

Barça, league leaders with a seven-point advantage over rivals Real Madrid, have gone 19 games and 13 months without losing an away league match. Valencia are in third place, 17 points behind Barcelona.

Valencia's Mestalla ground is the only top flight stadium where Guardiola has never won as a manager, the team said. The club added: "Breaking that duck would be a good omen for another visit to the same venue on 20 April, this time to face Real Madrid in the cup final."