El Clásico Showdown: Barcelona’s Roster Reshuffles Amidst Injury Concerns

El Clásico, the most awaited football rivalry in Spain, is set to take place on Saturday, 28th October at Montjuïc. As fans await with bated breath, there have been significant shifts in Barcelona’s squad list, mostly due to injuries.

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Barcelona injurry update

Barcelona injurry update
Barcelona injurry update

Key first-team players like Pedri, Jules Koundé, and Sergi Roberto are confirmed to miss the clash. Their injuries have certainly put a dent in Xavi’s plans, but there’s a silver lining: several players who were previously on the injured list seem to be showing signs of recovery.

Leading the hopeful returnees is Brazilian winger Raphinha. His participation in recent group training sessions and a small-sided game suggests that he’s on track, especially considering he injured his hamstring towards the end of September and had an estimated recovery time of four weeks. If Raphinha makes it to the playing XI, it would be a massive boost for the Catalans.

However, all eyes are on Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong. Both participated in parts of group training but quickly retreated to continue their rehabilitation. While it seems a tall order for them to be match-ready, especially with just one training day to spare, inside sources from AS have hinted at a potential appearance. Among the duo, Lewandowski seems more likely to make a cameo. His ankle injury, though concerning, might be managed with painkillers for the match. Conversely, the prognosis for De Jong is less promising, with medical staff expected to be conservative regarding his comeback.

Barça fans can heave a sigh of relief with the news of João Félix. After a worrisome injury during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, he seems to be on the mend. Xavi’s post-game comments reinforced this optimism, downplaying the injury as a mere knock and expressing hope for Félix’s swift return.

Lastly, young talent Gavi is set to rejoin the squad, having served his suspension during the Champions League match against the Ukrainian team.

With the match approaching and the final squad list yet to be announced, the anticipation is palpable. Regardless of who steps onto the pitch, this El Clásico promises to be a thrilling encounter.

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