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Four Barcelona players facing suspension risk heading into Athletic Club clash



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Barcelona are aiming to maintain their good form in La Liga as they take on Athletic Club on Sunday evening.

It is a must-win game for the Catalans if they are to maintain their fight for the league title. The club are currently trailing league leaders Real Madrid by eight points, but head into the game high on confidence after thrashing Getafe 4-0.

However, as Barça approach this game, a few players must proceed with caution as they run the risk of suspension if they receive a booking tomorrow evening.

Four players facing suspension fears

A total of four Barcelona players are running on thin ice and could receive a suspension for the next game if they get booked against Athletic Club.

The players in question are Oriol Romeu, Robert Lewandowski, Ronald Araujo, and Joao Cancelo. All of these four Barcelona stars have picked up four yellow cards in La Liga this season.

Lewandowski is one of the players facing a suspension risk (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

That means another booking against Athletic Club could see them being suspended for Barcelona’s next league game against Mallorca.

Will Barcelona players force a yellow card?

While no coach would like their players to get suspended for a yellow card booking, Xavi Hernandez might consider asking his players to pick up a booking against Bilbao tomorrow evening.

That is because Barcelona’s next game is against Mallorca, a relatively easier challenger compared to the following-round opponents.

Indeed, after the game against Mallorca, Barcelona are slated to take on Atletico Madrid, followed by another tricky affair against Las Palmas.

Given the importance of players such as Lewandowski, Cancelo and Araujo, Xavi might prefer having them unavailable for the game against Mallorca, rather than the game against Atletico.

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