The dreaded FIFA Virus begins to take its toll on Xavi Hernández. In the first clashes of this international break prior to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Barcelona has seen up to five players suffer physical problems. One of them has been Memphis Depay, whose presence in the Clásico is ruled out as his biceps femoris has been broken, while the last to fall could become a serious problem for the culé team, since it is an indisputable as Ronald Araújo.
The central culé lasted less than a minute on the grass in the match that faced Uruguay against Iran, in preparation for the World Cup. When 40 seconds of play had been played, he left the field of play with noticeable discomfort in the adductor of his right leg, where he was taking his leg.
While waiting for tests to be carried out, he is at risk of missing the two clashes of Champions against Inter Milan that will be key for the Catalans in order to qualify for the round of 16 and that will be played in the two weeks following the return of the break. But he is not Xavi’s only headache, since at the moment he has up to four more players hit.
International commitments have interfered in the planning of the coach, who since the beginning of the course has been perfectly managing the minutes of each of his players and now sees how some of his players will return physically diminished. For the moment, in addition to Araújo and Depay, Koundé, De Jong y Dembele’s They have suffered discomfort during matches with their national teams.
Waiting is still the Barcelona that the rest of their players be tested to find out the extent of these injuries. But what they do already know is the one that Depay has. The Dutchman left injured in the match that measured his national team against Poland and it has already been confirmed that he has a ruptured biceps femoris that will keep him off the pitch for nearly a month.
The Classic, on the horizon
The plague of injuries in these FIFA dates reaches the Barcelona at the worst time. The culés will play their qualification for the round of 16 of the Champions League the two weeks following their return to work, when they will face Inter Milan. After the Italians, the Classic will come against Real Madrid.
Barça will return to the Bernabéu on the weekend of October 16. In a few weeks in which they can clearly mark the Barça season, it will be more than important for Xavi to have as many players as possible. What seems certain is that Memphis Depay will not be. It remains to be seen if the rest of those injured during this break will make it to the match between the two greats of the League.