Xavi Hernández, former midfielder and potential Barça coach, has announced that he has tested positive for Coronavirus, despite feeling well at present.
Legendary Barcelona midfielder and potential future coach of the blaugranas Xavi Hernández has tested positive for Coronavirus, as he and his club Al Sadd have revealed through social media. Xavi has explained that he will not coach his team in tonight’s return of the competition in Qatar in order to follow the established health protocol, but that he feels well currently.
In his Instagram account, Xavi Hernández has written: “A few days ago, following the protocol, I tested positive for COVID–19. Thankfully I am feeling well, but I will be isolated. Once the medical team allows me to do so, I will be anxious to return to my daily routine and to work. I would like to thank the authorities for providing the means of early detection, reducing the spread of the infection and guaranteeing a normal development of the competition. We will see again soon in the football pitch”.
Xavi Hernández is eager to return to coaching his team soon | Photo by Josep Lago / AFP via Getty Images
Xavi Hernández has been in Qatar since 2015, first as a player after his truly successful career in Barcelona, and then as a manager. Now he had been linked with a return to Barcelona as a coach, either as a replacement of current boss Quique Setién, or as a future manager in 2021 with the support of presidential candidate Víctor Font.
Thanks to the appropriate measures being taken, Xavi appears to be healthy and should return to doing what he likes most soon: shaping football. From Barça Universal, we wish Xavi Hernández a speedy recovery and safe return to normality.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.