Following a promising start to the season, Barcelona’s campaign has been marred by a set of injuries to key players.
The likes of Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Inigo Martinez and Andreas Christensen have all had to spend time on the sidelines. Frenkie de Jong became the latest player to be ruled out due to injury.
In light of Barcelona’s recent injuries, the club have taken a few important steps to ensure that these knocks are not repeated again.
Being extra cautious
Apart from training, football players indulge in various other sporting activities to keep up their fitness levels.
In Spain, at least, one of them is playing padel, which is also sometimes called padel tennis.
However, according to Toni Juanmarti, Barcelona have informed players that the practice of padel tennis will be prohibited.
This was done in order to reduce the chances of injuries, as a large number of Barcelona players indulge in padel tennis.
A popular sport for Barcelona players
Barcelona’s decision to prohibit playing padel served as a major blow to the players, many of whom follow the sport closely.
In fact, Juanmarti claims many Barcelona players even used to follow the Padel World Tour closely. They also used to have slopes on their urbanisation so that they did not have to leave the house to enjoy the racket.
But that has now been done away with. Barcelona players have no choice but to follow the sports and must find a new pastime.
Whether or not this move will truly play a key role in reducing injuries, though, remains to be seen.