Spanish football: Barcelona face selection headache ahead of Mallorca clash due to Covid

Spanish football: Barcelona face a selection headache ahead of Mallorca clash due to Covid.

Spanish football: Barcelona face a selection headache ahead of Mallorca clash due to Covid.

SPANISH FOOTBALL – Barcelona face a selection headache ahead of Sunday’s clash with Mallorca after more players were ruled out due to Covid.

The club confirmed today (December 29) that Dembélé, Umtiti and Gavi tested positive for Covid-19 following PCR tests administered to the squad. They join Lenglet, Alves, Balde and Alba who will also miss the La Liga fixture on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The club said the players are in good health and self-isolating at home, noting that they have informed the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, Busquets, Braithwaite, Ansu, Pedri, Roberto, Dest and Memphis could all be missing through suspension and injury, meaning Barca boss Xavi has just ten players left. the first team available.

Barça have goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen and Neto, defenders Ronald Araújo, Gerard Piqué, Eric García and Oscar Mingueza, midfielders Frenkie de Jong, Philippe Coutinho and Riqui Puig and Luuk de Jong as attackers.

Xavi won’t even be able to face new signing Ferrán Torres who is still injured and who, like Alves, hasn’t been registered to play in the league yet.

Torres joined Barcelona on a five-year deal from Manchester City for €55m plus a further €10m. The contract has a release clause for €1bn – which is the same as Pedri and Ansu Fati.

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Barcelona find themselves in seventh place in La Liga – 10 points behind second-placed Sevilla and 18 points behind league leaders and fierce rivals Real Madrid.

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