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Sergio Busquets gets injured against Switzerland

Alexandre Patanian

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Barcelona’s excessive amount of injuries continues to grow by the day. After Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo, and Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Busquets is the latest player to get on the list.

The holding midfielder went down early in the second half in Spain’s draw against Switzerland. Koke then replaced Busquets in the 73rd minute. For now, the length of the injury is unknown, but it might be a muscle discomfort.

If the 32-year-old’s injury proves to be lengthy, however, Ronald Koeman will have to find solutions. The Dutch manager has counted on the Spanish defensive midfielder many times this season. Miralem Pjanic has replaced Busquets on many occasions, but there are not many options to replace Pjanic if something happens to him.

Koeman does not count on Riqui Puig and Carles Aleña but might be inclined to give them more gametime now that the veteran midfielder is out. After the Dutchman’s comments on Puig, this is the perfect occasion to make him eat his words up.

Besides, Busquets has not enjoyed the best start to the season. Him getting some rest might be beneficial for Barcelona in the remainder of the season. Let’s wish him a speedy recovery.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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