First batch of international matches for the players of the FC Barcelona and first setbacks for Xavi Hernándezsome of greater concern than others. Jules Kounde left this Friday the concentration of the French team due to hamstring problems. The player will be subjected to more tests but it does not seem minor. Similar is the case of Memphis Depay, who also returns to Barcelona. Ousmane Dembele y Frenkie de Jong They also ended up with discomfort, although it seems minor situations.
Koundé will return to Barcelona tonight after leaving the French camp due to his injury. The Barcelona defender started with the French team in their match against Austria. He was running in the 23rd minute when he put his hand to his hamstring and asked for the change to be substituted. It was after the match that his coach, Didier Deschamps, confirmed the news of his injury and the concern even if he and his teammate Mike Maignan could reach the World Cup in good condition.
“Jules had a hamstring problem and Mike had a calf muscle problem. They will not be available for Sunday’s game in Denmark. We lose two more players. Players are subjected to a hellish pace with the sequence of matches. There are also psychological demands. In two months, if I can have one, it would be perfect, ”explained the French coach, alluding to the hectic schedule of the footballers.
Koundé returns to Barcelona but before leaving he will undergo more diagnostic tests with France to know more exactly the extent of his injury before leaving with the Barça. After the resonance, he will head to Barcelona where he will begin the recovery process under the orders of Xavi Hernándezwho surely loses one of his most used footballers at the moment since he is available to be lined up after the problems with his registration.
The Barça play nine games in the month of October, from 1 to 30, it is practically a game every three days, so the demand and the rotations will be a constant and the coach will need all his players to maintain the competitive rhythm without receiving more unpleasant surprises in the form of injury. In addition, they are important matches against rivals like Inter de Milan o Bayern Munichwith the classification to eighth of Champions League in play, or before Real Madrid y Villarrealwith La Liga red hot.
Con Memphis something similar happens with Koundéwhich will return to Barcelona after suffering muscle problems, initially also in the hamstrings. The player started against Poland but had to be substituted in the 51st minute due to these problems. “It’s a shame that Memphis has had to leave with this injury, it doesn’t bode well and I don’t see him playing against Belgium,” he said. Louis Van Gaal after the game, being little optimistic with the footballer.
Cases of Dembele’s y frenkie of Jongteammates of Koundé y Memphis, were minor. The winger finished the game against Austria with discomfort, although it seems that it is nothing serious. In fact, Deschamps did not include him in his medical report after the game. The midfielder was substituted in the final stretch but it was as a precaution. According to Van Gaal “It was noticeable with tense muscles” and that is why they decided to replace him, although he hopes that he will be available against Belgium.