Despite their injury-ridden depleted squad, Barcelona kicked off their 2021-2022 domestic campaign with an impressive 4-2 win over Real Sociedad. After securing 3 crucial points, Barcelona now makes a trip to Bilbao to face another Basque outfit, Athletic Club. However, they breathe a huge sigh of relief as far as their injury problems are concerned.
Ahead of their clash against Bilbao, coach Ronald Koeman is delighted to see Oscar Mingueza back in training. According to AS, Mingueza has chances to be back for the game against Getafe scheduled for August 29th.
It is unlikely that the young defender will feature against Bilbao but hopes to return to action for Barça’s third game of the campaign against Getafe who lost their season opener against Valencia.
Mingueza picked up an injury at Tokyo 2020, against Egypt, but stayed with the Spanish team hoping to recover quickly. Unfortunately, he was forced off with a thigh strain as La Roja defeated Ivory Coast in extra time. Following his injury, the 22-year-old wasted no time and quickly started his rehabilitation in Barcelona.
This comes as a big injury boost to Koeman as he looks to strengthen his defence, which, despite a fairly above-average performance, conceded two to Sociedad. With Samuel Umtiti frozen out of the squad, an ageing Gerard Pique, an out-of-form Clement Lenglet, and a 20-year-old Eric Garcia, Mingueza provides a breath of fresh air at the back.
The Spaniard made 27 appearances last season and came off the bench four times, playing across four different roles in the heart of the defence.
Written by Veer Sharma