Pep Guardiola admitted to hospital after Barcelona victory

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The Independent Online

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was admitted to hospital overnight for treatment on acute lower back pain, the La Liga club said today.

The 40-year-old former Barca and Spain midfielder had to cancel a news conference on Tuesday because of the complaint and looked in pain during the champions' 1-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday.

"Pep is not feeling great and he got through the match as best he could," Guardiola's assistant, Tito Vilanova, said at a news conference after the game at the Mestalla.

"He is having a bad time of it and he doesn't even know where to put himself."

Guardiola's back problem comes at a crucial time for the Spanish champions.

They have away matches at Sevilla and Villarreal in coming weeks and will attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit against English club Arsenal in their Champions League last-16, second leg at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

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