Barca's Villa returns to hospital

Barcelona striker David Villa has returned to the hospital as he continues to experience pain resulting from kidney stones, it was confirmed Thursday.

Villa was released from the hospital on Tuesday but now has returned to remain under observation.

"The club's medical services have released a statement explaining that David Villa has been readmitted to the Hospital of Barcelona due to the persistence of the pain caused by the renal colic he is suffering and to keep him under observation," the club said in a statement. "He has been ruled out of Saturday's league game against Granada."