New case of coronavirus on the Barcelona campus. This Tuesday, the club announced that Jordi Alba is infected and, as appropriate, he will be absent from the facilities for a few days to start the isolation period until he is negative. With the left side, the Catalans already have a total of three: Dani Alves and Clement Lenglet were the first confirmed.
“Jordi Alba, positive for COVID-19, will not join the training session this Tuesday. The player is in good health and is isolated at home. The Club has informed the competent authorities“says the brief medical report disseminated through social networks to explain the situation of the experienced footballer.
There is concern in the internal of Barcelona, because in the rest of the week more infections can be registered among the players, who will return to activities after enjoying six days of vacation. At the moment, Xavi Hernández has big problems due to the number of casualties with a view to Sunday’s game against Mallorca in the resumption of LaLiga Santander.
Ansu Fati, Pedri González and Memphis Depay count the hours to receive medical discharge, but they have a difficult time playing on the weekend. While the cases of Sergi Roberto and Martin Braithwaite require more time to return to the field. To them, those known for COVID-19: Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet and Dani Alves, although the Brazilian, due to a bureaucratic matter, could not make his debut anyway.
Likewise, Sergio Busquets and the young Gavi are suspended. Meanwhile, the newspaper AS reports that Yusuf Demir is an option, but the club doubts whether to put him in, he would already be obliged to execute the purchase clause (10 million euros); and Sergiño Dest waits for the ‘OK’ to be there. Finally, Ferrán Torres must be announced, but he is not registered and, on top of that, he is injured.
Without them, the manager of the Blaugranas has Marc André Ter Stegen available; Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Piqué, Alejandro Balde; Nico González, Frenkie De Jong, Riqui Puig; Ousmane Dembélé, Ferran Jutglà and Abde Ezzalzouli. The latter still has a few more days with the club before leaving with Morocco for the African Cup.
In accordance with LaLiga protocol, a match will only be suspended if there are fewer than five players from the first squad in a call of 13 between members of the professional squad and the subsidiary. At the moment, Xavi has 15, as long as the issue of Demir and Dest is resolved.