The presence of the defender Jordi Alba, which ended the last match of the Champions League against Bayern Munich with muscle discomfort, is the main novelty of the list of summoned that the coach of the Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, has given to face Elche this Saturday within the framework of the date 18 of LaLiga Santander. The Catalan full-back has been discharged after training normally in recent days, but the Spanish coach has a new setback at the rear: the last-minute loss of Sergiño Dest due to an overload in the adductors.
Midfielders Sergi Roberto and Pedro González ‘Pedri’ and forwards Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay and Martin Braithwaite will also miss the match due to injury. And the defender Gerard Piqué is out due to accumulation of cards.
To complete the call, Xavi has called the team players Abde, Ilias, Jutglà, Guillem and Álvaro Sanz. The rest of the summoned to receive Elche are: Ter Stegen, Neto, Iñaki Peña, Mingueza, Araujo, Eric García, Lenglet, Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Nico, Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig, Demir, Coutinho, Dembélé and Luuk de Jong.
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The elimination of the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich and the point of six possible that Barça took in the last two league games against Betis and Osasuna have once again diminished a Barça mood that had temporarily rebounded with the arrival of Xavi Hernández to the bench.
Right now, Atlético de Madrid, fourth with 29 points, is the last team to qualify for the 2022-2023 Champions League. Barça is eighth, 5 points behind the ‘colchoneros’ when it has practically said goodbye to the league title by finding itself 18 behind the leader, Real Madrid, although with one game less, the one that will play on Tuesday against Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán .
The good news for the Barça team is that the Maradona Cup played last Tuesday against Boca Juniors in Saudi Arabia has left no new injuries in an infirmary that is full of important players. Ansu Fati, Pedro González ‘Pedri’, Memphis Depay, Sergi Roberto and Martin Braithwaite will not return to the pitch until 2022.
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