The worst fear for Barcelona fans amidst any point in any season has come true – Lionel Messi has sustained an ankle injury, one that will keep him out for the game against Eibar.
Barcelona fielded a 3-4-2-1 against Real Valladolid, with Messi occupying the right side of Martin Braithwaite, who played as a striker. While he looked to make it through the game with ease, Messi was supposed to leave for holiday immediately after the game, for which he received permission from the club.
However, he has had to extend his holiday after reports came out regarding his injury update. The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Pedri, and Fransisco Trincao will have to pick up the burden for the club captain while Ousmane Dembele’s involvement depends on last-minute tests.
Barcelona face a robust schedule ahead with four games int he next ten days: Eibar, Huesca, Athletic Bilbao, and Granada. After which they travel to Cordoba to take on Real Sociedad in the Spanish Super Cup.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.