According to the reliable Tot Costa from Cat Radio, Sergino Dest suffers from muscle discomfort and is a doubt on Sunday against Osasuna. Dest was a starter in Barcelona’s triumph over Dynamo Kyiv, in which the Dutchman showed what he is capable of. He scored the opener, and continued to influence the game with a total performance.
Now that the 20-year-old is a doubt, Ronald Koeman could start vice-captain of Barca B Óscar Mingueza, who very recently made his debut with the Catalan club. Mingueza was promising in the centre-back, and Koeman is expected to use him more in the coming games.
Even though Mingueza is originally a centre-back, he is comfortable in every position in the defense. Considering the fact that the options at Barcelona are limited due to injuries, Koeman has basically no other option than giving the youngster another chance — which could very well end up in the Dutchman discovering a La Masia gem ready to be relied upon in the future as well.
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.