The international break came at a crucial moment for FC Barcelona who are still left with several injuries affecting their front line. With the national duties having ended for now, all eyes will be back to the league.
Barca will be squaring off against Valencia over the weekend while Real Madrid is just around the corner in the upper week. Despite the lack of options upfront, Ronald Koeman is expected not to lose any of the upcoming fixtures or he might risk getting fired.
That notwithstanding, Ronald Araujo is the latest addition to the long list of injured players after limping off in the 3-0 loss to Argentina yesterday. Early tests shows it’s a hamstring, but Barca has said they will conduct a fresh test after Araujo was sent back to Spain. This means the Uruguayan International will now miss the game against Valencia but mostly as a precaution for the upcoming El Clasico.
Ousmane Dembele is nearing full recovery and is billed to return to action this October alongside Kun Aguero. The Argentine has been training very hard in the past few days with a view to regaining match fitness and returning to the pitch.
Both attackers trained with the first team today and may see some action sooner than later this weekend.
Martin Braithwaite is still in danger of missing the rest of the season after his injury in the match against Getafe. After undergoing a surgical procedure, the Danish striker will likely miss up to four (4) months on the sidelines before returning to action. The injury is obviously a big setback for both club and player especially as he started the season on the right track and could have filled in the striker position the Catalans needed so badly.
Pedri will also miss the tie against Valencia due to the injury he picked in the Champions League match against Benfica.
According to Barca –
“Pedri Has a muscular injury in the cuádriceps of the left thigh. It is drop and the evolution will mark his availability”.
However, there are reports that he has now started training on his own and will not be given the medical all clear until next week.