Barcelona reaches 10 affected by Covid-19 and reaches the limit for the match against Mallorca

BARCELONA – Barcelona suspected that the Covid-19 cases announced on Monday by Clément Lenglet and Dani Alves were just the advance of what was to come. And those fears gave way to first concern and total alarm this Thursday, four days to visit Mallorca and when it already has, after the statements of Philippe Coutinho, Sergiño Dest and Abde Ezzalzouli, up to ten affected footballers.

The regulations of the Spanish Soccer Federation mark that a match could only be suspended in the event that a team does not have 13 players (5 of them from the first team), and among the assumptions established by LaLiga due to the Covid-19 situation It should be noted that the obligation to keep a minimum of 7 footballers with a first-team record on the field is lowered to 5 as long as there are less than 8 available.

Barça has not yet reached that extreme, but today what began as a cause for concern has already reached absolute alarm … A scenario that was not ruled out at the club from the outset in view of the Cases that were reproducing throughout Spanish football and that it was understood was not going to be different in the Barça team, which at the moment has not considered requesting the suspension of Sunday’s game (by regulations it cannot) but remains on the lookout of what may happen.

And it is that the situation at the Camp Nou borders on the dramatic if one takes into account that there are 14 players that Xavi Hernández will not be able to count on in the first game of 2022. Among them there is not even Dani Alves (his positive would affect) or Ferran Torres because they are not registered, but the alarm around the dressing room is a reality considering that the coach only has nine first-team players at his disposal, two of them being goalkeepers (Marc-André ter Stegen and Neto) and a third, Luuk de Jong, who is looking for an immediate exit to Cádiz.

The relationship of positives for Covid-19 is made up of Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti, Coutinho and Dest (in addition to Alves) in terms of first team players, who are joined by Abde, Balde and Gavi as usual but with affiliate file. The latter could no longer play in Mallorca as he was suspended, in the same way that it happens with Sergio Busquets … And to these we must add the injured Sergi Roberto, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay.

Ter Stegen and Neto as goalkeepers and the field players Gerard Piqué, Ronald Araújo, Eric García, Oscar Mingueza, Frenkie De Jong, Riqui Puig and Luuk De Jong are the nine players available today for Xavi ahead of the clash in Mallorca. To them, trusting that there were no more affected, should be added to the regulars of the subsidiary Nico, Jutglà and Peña (goalkeeper), also counting on Álvaro Sanz, Comas, Mika Mármol, Guillem, Lucas de Vega, Ilias and Estanis, who this Thursday they trained with the first team.

The Barça coach is also waiting for the final medical discharge of Pedri, whose contest in Sunday’s game is not ruled out, and even Memphis Depay, in the final stretch of his recovery and that could be added to a call that will be highly conditioned by the outbreak of Covid.