Barcelona will host Dynamo Kyiv at the Camp Nou tomorrow and there’s both good and bad news ahead of the clash. The papers are, of course, focusing on another big European night in Catalonia but their covers are drastically different.
SPORT, for example, talk about the possible return of Marc-André ter Stegen, who’s been out of action for quite a while following his surgery.
The paper, however, claims, the German keeper is ready to face Kyiv on Wednesday and could even be chosen by Ronald Koeman. If the Dutchman decides to rotate against his Wednesday opposition, we might see the return of Barcelona’s no.1.
No games are easy in Europe but with Dynamo missing half of their squad, it might be a good test-run for Ter Stegen’s fitness and a chance to regain some of the match sharpness as well.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are focusing on Barcelona’s opposition. Their title says ‘COVID alarm‘.
As previously reported, the Kyiv squad is heavily depleted by absences caused by the virus. The guests have arrived in Catalonia with only 13 players, the bare minimum required for a game to be held.
However, there’s another catch. They will be tested once more before the clash and if one additional player turns out to be positive, the game will have to be postponed.
Of course, safety comes first and the current circumstances in the outside world are making football that much more difficult than it has to be.
Official: Barcelona squad list to take on Sevilla — Ronald Araujo returns
Barcelona fans have reasons to rejoice as Ronald Araujo returns to the squad list that will take on Sevilla at the Camp Nou as part of gameweek 25 of La Liga. The Uruguayan has been one of the biggest takeaways from this season, breaking through in the heart of the defence. Injuries have curtailed his potential, though, but he returns to the squad list for the first time in five games.
Unsurprisingly, Konrad de la Fuente has been dropped out, with Ilaix Moriba getting a call-up for this game. Elsewhere, Miralem Pjanic, who was substituted off at half-time, has been dropped, with reasons undisclosed. His exclusion pretty much guarantees a spot in the XI for Sergio Busquets.
Gerard Pique was subbed out early in all three games he has played after returning from injury, and makes the squad list for this crucial tie. He is expected to get the nod ahead of Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, and Samuel Umtiti as the centre-back alongside Araujo.
Full list: Ter Stegen, Neto, Pena; Dest, Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Firpo; Busquets, Ilaix, de Jong, Pedri, Puig, Matheus; Braithwaite, Dembele, Messi, Trincao, Griezmann
Absentees: Coutinho (knee), Roberto (calf), Fati (knee), Pjanic
The relationship between Miralem Pjanic and Ronald Araujo has been visibly toxic and it seems it has finally come at the cost of the Bosnian’s place in the squad list. It seems imminent that Koeman trusts Ilaix, a 17-year-old Barcelona B player more than a seasoned veteran like Pjanic. We can just hope that the teenager’s dynamism comes in handy against an extremely well-drilled Sevilla.