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Barcelona will make a decision on Brazilian sensation’s incorporation by November 15th – report



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Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez spent the better part of last month working out permutations to cover the gaping holes left in the team by injured players.

The centre-forward position appeared to be the most tricky of them all.

Robert Lewandowski is the only pure number nine at Xavi’s disposal, leaving him with no direct replacement if the Pole is injured. Moreover, it handicaps the manager’s plans of resting the veteran.

The Catalans signed the solution to their problem last summer in the form of Vitor Roque. The Athletico Paranaense striker signed a contract with Barcelona in the recent transfer window but was unable to join them owing to the financial fair play situation.

When will Roque arrive

According to SPORT, Roque could arrive in Barcelona as early as the coming January and as late as next summer. A final decision over when the trigger will be pulled is not yet made.

The outlet states that Barcelona have set a deadline of 15th November as the day by which they will make the aforementioned decision.

Needless to say, it will depend on the player’s recovery status, form, Barcelona’s situation across various competitions, and primarily Xavi’s sensations.

Barcelona will decide on Roque’s situation in two weeks. (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

An unfortunate blow

The 18-year-old was in scintillating form for Athletico Paranaense this season, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists in just 22 games in the Brasileiro Serie A.

However, his season was cut short after a gruesome tackle in the game against Internacional late in September.

The player has been working hard towards a return ever since, for his move to Barcelona in January potentially hinges on it.

As relayed by the same report, the player is recovering well and could even return in time to complete the season with the Brazilian club in December.

Barcelona will likely push for his arrival in January, for it will not only ease the burden on Lewandowski but also give Roque enough time to adapt. It remains to be seen what decision will be made in two weeks’ time.

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