Although the upcoming Sunday evening encounter against Villarreal will mark the end of the 2021/22 campaign for FC Barcelona, the players might have to stick around for a week longer as the club are set to travel to Australia for a friendly on May 25.
The season-ending trip will see the Catalans face A-League All-Stars, which is a culmination of all the fan-voted top players in the Australian A-League.
The match was organised by the New South Wales government as Australia wants to get back into the sporting sector after two years of the pandemic.
The arrival of the Barcelona team should offer an exciting backdrop for the football fans in Australia while generating significant revenue for both parties involved.
While Barcelona are expected to come with a full-strength squad, Mundo Deportivo reports there are a few first-team stars, who could be left out for the trip to Australia.
Clement Lenglet has taken special permission from coach Xavi Hernandez to be left alone for this friendly, whereas Martin Braithwaite will be with the Danish national team, preparing for the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches.
Two other players set to miss the Australia trip are Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig. Both the players have been called up by Gerard Lopez for the Catalonian team that is set to face Jamaica in a friendly, on the same day.
The report speculates there could be other casualties in the Barcelona group as we near the end of the campaign, potentially forcing multiple star players to take an early break ahead of the new season preparations.