Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez went to the break for the international match with a smile on his face. However, Xavier’s smile has started to fade due to the injury of Barca players one after another.
The latest addition to Barca’s injury list is Ronald Araujo. The center-back was injured while playing in a friendly match against Iran in the national team Uruguay jersey. The injury will keep him out for three to four weeks.
Jules Kounde, who joined Barca this season, has also been ruled out for three to four weeks. The French footballer was injured in the match against Austria last Thursday. The club authorities have confirmed the injury of these two footballers.
Apart from this, two Dutch footballers, Memphis Depay and Frankie de Jong have suffered hamstring injuries. However, it is not yet known how serious their injuries are. Neither of these Dutch footballers was Xavi’s first choice in the XI this season. However, Xavi has often used them as an alternative. Depay also scored in the last match against Elche before the break.
Barca’s biggest weakness for several seasons has been their defense. Araujo and Kunde were responsible for keeping Barca’s defense intact this season. Which they did very successfully. So for so many days, they have been thrown out of the field, and Xavi’s forehead has a fold of worry. And after the break, Barca has a busy schedule before the World Cup.
At this time, few people can think of Xavi as an alternative to these two footballers. Hector Bayern and Sergio Roberto can play in Kunde’s place at this time. On the other hand, Xavi could look at PK, and Andres Christensen in place of Araujo.