Barcelona head coach Xavi just isn’t anticipated to threat Sergi Roberto for the membership’s La Liga conflict with Mallorca on Saturday evening, giving him a headache over who to play at right-back with Hector Bellerin, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde additionally dominated out.
Roberto has missed the final three video games in all competitions due to a muscle damage. He wasn’t a starter earlier than then, behind Araujo within the pecking order, however had performed in every of the primary 4 La Liga video games of the brand new season instead.
However with Araujo sidelined till December after choosing surgical procedure on a thigh drawback, Bellerin becoming a member of him within the remedy room and Sergino Dest having left Camp Nou in summer time, right-back choices for Xavi to select from are actually skinny on the bottom.
Kounde, though naturally a centre-back, has performed at right-back in every of his three La Liga appearances. However the Frenchman just isn’t an possibility due to an damage suffered together with his nation.
Marca has reported that Thursday’s coaching session successfully dominated Roberto out of competition. Nothing is regarded as ultimate, however it’s stated that Xavi is hesitant about utilizing the 30-year-old so quickly after his newest restoration given how accidents have massively affected him in latest seasons.
Eric Garcia may very well be an possibility, though it doubtlessly then leaves Barça quick within the centre of defence as an alternative, with Gerard Pique spending a lot of the season on the bench up to now and Andreas Christensen the one different out there centre-back. It might even be that Xavi has to quickly repurpose a left-back, sending Alejandro Balde, Marcos Alonso or Jordi Alba to the suitable.
There has additionally been discuss of selling from Barcelona Atletic, the membership’s B crew. Choices embody Alvaro Nunez, whereas Marc Casado – a midfielder with expertise of taking part in full-back, has been known as into the first-team coaching squad this week.