FC Barcelona have officially announced their 26-man squad that will travel to Lisbon to face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And the best and biggest news of the day? Ousmane Dembélé is back.
The Frenchman seems to be ready to feature for Quique Setién after a long hiatus following his surgery in February. We still don’t know whether he will feature against the Bavarian giants but regardless, this is excellent news for Barça and the team.
Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal are also back in the squad after serving a one-game suspension that saw them watch the clash against Napoli from the stands. Samuel Umtiti and Arthur Melo, who is still trying to settle his differences with the club, are absent from the squad.
Intriguingly, 9 players from Barça B have been called up: Iñaki Peña, Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araújo, Monchu, Óscar Mingueza, Konrad de la Fuente, Ludovit Reis, and Jandro Orellana.
Still, the biggest news is definitely that Ousmane Dembélé is back. But considering everything he’s been through and the fact he simply cannot be match fit after such a long absence, maybe it would be for the best to be extremely careful with the young winger.
The complete list consists of: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Rakitić, Suárez, Messi, Neto, Lenglet, Busquets, Vidal, Griezmann, Alba, Roberto, De Jong, Junior Firpo, Dembélé, Braithwaite, Peña, Puig, Fati, Araujo, Monchu, Mingueza, Konrad, Reis, and Jandro.
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.