The Uruguayan FA has today confirmed that their star striker, Luis Suarez, would not be able to play against Brazil. The Barcelona legend has tested positive for COVID-19 a day before Uruguay’s clash against the South American champions.
Not only is Suarez missing a chance to play against his friend Neymar, but it also jeopardises his chance to play against Barcelona on the 21st of November. The Uruguayan has been in fine form this year, scoring five goals and three in his previous three outings.
While everyone wishes a speedy recovery to Suarez, this comes at perfect timing for the Catalan club. The Catalan giants will not face an in-form striker and will have to deal with one headache less. However, it is quite a sad one for Culés. They will not be able to reunite with their former legend. Lionel Messi, Suarez’s best friend, will surely feel for his former teammate.
Official: Barcelona starting XI vs Dynamo Kyiv — Carles Aleña starts
Ronald Koeman surprised everyone with his travelling squad that would take on Dynamo Kyiv on matchday four of the Champions League, leaving Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong out of the equation. Following that, several changes have been made to the starting XI, the biggest one being Carles Aleña’s inclusion, who partners Miralem Pjanic in the double pivot.
Sergino Dest takes over the right-back spot following the injury to Sergi Roberto and has been replaced by Junior Firpo. Another huge takeaway is Oscar Mingueza, who starts alongside Clement Lenglet in the heart of the defece. This back-four will guard Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who takes care of the net in goal.
The front-four is very different as well, with Martin Braithwaite getting his first start of the season. He will lead the line, playing off of Philippe Coutinho as the no. 10. Pedri starts yet another game, playing on the left, while Ousmane Dembele is benched for Fransisco Trincao.
Confirmed Barcelona Lineup: Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Firpo; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri; Braithwaite
Riqui Puig does not make the cut for this game, yet again, despite the squad having no more than four central midfielders, one of which was Matheus Fernandes. That said, we might see the fan-favourite youngster come off the bench.
Source: FC Barceona