Two years of injuries: Barcelona's daily war report


October 19, 2019 seemed like just another day, but it was an exceptional day for the Barcelona: not for the victory in Eibar (0-3), in the first match in which they scored Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Leo Messi, the one that had to be the new great trident but that never got to work. It was exceptional because it was the last game in which there was no loss in the Barça squad. Since then, the Camp Nou infirmary has never been completely emptied and Ernest Valverde first and Quique Setién, Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernández then they have had to get used to making their lists based on the daily war report.

The last time there were no casualties, Pedri was still living in Las Palmas and not even the most optimistic could imagine that, two years and three months later, it would be with Ansu Fati the pillar of the reconstruction of the azulgrana temple. After the infinite marathon of last season (76 games in 11 months between Barça, Euro Cup and Games), the Canarian prodigy has been absent this course in 22. Three more than Ansu.

Tie between Ansu and Sergi

The scorer, who this Monday will decide whether or not to finally operate for the fifth time, has only played 10 games this season. The heir of 10 de Messi is the Barcelona player who has missed the most games in the last three seasons, 65, tied with Sergio Robert. The Catalan midfielder is the member of the squad who has watched the most games from the stands or from home for physical reasons since he made his debut (108).

In addition to the two of them, they still have not received a medical discharge Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Moussa Wague and Samuel Umtiti. In Mallorca, in the first game of this 2022, Xavi could only have 11 players from the first team between injuries, coronavirus infections and sanctions. This season, without counting the absences caused by the Covid, there have been up to 22 injured players.

Only five with a first-team record have escaped this evil fate: Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Riqui Puig, Neto and Luuk de Jong. Fernando Torres, despite arriving injured from Manchester City, he has not missed a beat since he was able to be registered. They have also managed to get rid of the plague three homegrown players with a file from the subsidiary regular in Xavi's calls: Jutglà, Abde and Iñaki Peña. The latter, who could not go to Bilbao due to the coronavirus, could go out on loan to Galatasaray in the coming days. Besides them, Yusuf Demir, before making his return trip to Vienna, he was able to dribble past the medics.

In San Mamés, just five minutes after Ansu Fati retired in tears after breaking again, he returned Braithwaite. The Danish striker had watched 25 quotes from the sidelines. Martin, who had started the season with a double against Real Sociedad, opened the ban on the avalanche of injuries this season for a team that had already started without being able to count on Kun Agüero, Dembélé, Coutinho, Mingueza and Ter Stegen.

Ousmane's paradox

Ironies of fate, Ousmane, the second player in the squad who has been absent the most games since he debuted (102, only surpassed in the historical ranking by Sergi Roberto), does not play now that he has left physical problems behind.



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