Pique given all-clear after clash

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IOL pic apr25 soccer barcelona pique Reuters Barcelona's Gerard Pique (centre) collides with team-mate Victor Valdes and Chelsea's Didier Drogba during their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match at the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Spain.

Barcelona - Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been given the all-clear after being taken to hospital as a precaution following a heavy clash during Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg against Chelsea.

“Gerard Pique underwent various tests which ruled out any injury,” Barca said in a statement on their website after the Spain international collided with team mate Victor Valdes in the 17th minute.

“The player will remain under observation until Wednesday,” the club added.

Pique played on until the 25th minute before signalling he could not continue and was replaced by Daniel Alves as holders Barca were eliminated 3-2 on aggregate. - Reuters

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