Barcelona face Rayo Vallecano away from home on Saturday, November 25, and for the first time in several weeks, they could enter the contest with no player injured.
So far, only the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto are on the treatment table and Relevo (h/t FCB World) reports that the two are most likely to be back before the next match. This means if the duo does return, the Barcelona infirmary will be completely empty.
The report adds that Roberto, the team captain, is currently sidelined due to a soleus injury in his right leg and is still in the process of recovery. There is a possibility that he may make a comeback after the upcoming break.
De Jong, on the other hand, suffered an injury to his right ankle in the first half against Celta vigo on September 23 and the midfielder hasn’t returned to action since.
After months of speculation, manager Xavi finally verified that the midfielder is expected to make his comeback after the international break, specifically in the match against Rayo Vallecano.
“Frenkie will be back against Rayo,” he had said.
De Jong has been missed a lot
While the internationals were away, Xavi conducted a training session on Thursday and while de Jong did not participate, we reported before that the Dutch international is likely to train with his teammates starting next week.
For what it is worth, Barcelona have struggled quite a bit in de Jong’s absence over the last couple of months. In his presence this season, Barcelona have played seven games, with the team scoring an impressive 21 goals while allowing a mere six.
In his absence, the team from Catalonia has played 10 games, scoring 13 goals and conceding nine, which remains a big variation with and without him.
Now, Barcelona have had a hard time getting positive results over the last few weeks and while Xavi and his coaching staff are ready to shoulder the responsibility, the team is hoping that the Dutchman’s return will coincide with a turn in fortune.