Thomas Vermaelen will be approximately six weeks low. "He has a muscle injury in the femoral biceps of his right leg," reported the Barcelona. The Belgian central, 32, could not complete the match between Belgium and Switzerland last week in the League of Nations. It will be a new step for the infirmary for Vermaelen, the tenth since he joined Barça in the 2014-2015 season. Nothing new in his career: since 2006 he has suffered 28, has been absent 1,172 days and has missed 223 games.
And, now, when Valverde needed it most, Vermaelen suffers another muscular problem, the seventh since he landed at the Camp Nou. At the beginning of the season, the arrival of Lenglet marginalized the Belgian from the squad list. However, in the last few games the Barça coach again relied on the former Arsenal player: lateral against Leganés and central against Valencia. Without Umtiti – he suffers an injury in the cartilage of the left knee -, the Barça only counts in the group with two power stations: Piqué and Lenglet, that adds 180 minutes with the azulgrana t-shirt.
Difficult situation for Valverde, who in the next 20 days should think six alienations. Barcelona will face Sevilla (20/10), Real Madrid (28/10), Rayo (3/11) and Betis (11/11) in LaLiga and Inter Milan twice (24/10). 6/11) in the group stage of the Champions League.
Last season Valverde suffered a similar problem, lost Umtiti and Mascherano at the same time. Then, he pulled Pique and Vermaelen. He even used lateral Digne (today at Everton) in the central position. Now, the Txingurri has Sergi Roberto, Semedo and Alba as laterals. None, yet, has been released at the center of the defense. Another option is Busquets, who already knows what it is to go through behind. A two-piece puzzle for Valverde: Piqué and Lenglet. "I'm used to playing many games per season," says the Catalan. "I have a lot of work left to feel that I contribute to the team," says the Frenchman. Piqué will have no choice but to teach Lenglet quickly.