BARCELONA – Barcelona traveled to Saudi Arabia this Monday, where on Wednesday they will play the first semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, with all the available players from the first team plus the usual ones from the subsidiary and also joined by Álvaro Sanz.
A total of 24 players including Ronald Araújo, Ansu Fati and Frenkie de Jong, pending medical discharge … And among those who are not Pedri and Ferran Torres, who on Sunday again tested positive in the Covid-19 test.
Braithwaite, who tested himself in morning training, Èric García and Sergi Roberto are the only discards, all of them injured and will remain in Barcelona, for the moment together with Pedri and Ferran.
These two footballers could join the expedition commanded by Xavi Hernández on Tuesday if in a new Covid test they already gave negative, not ruling out the club that if they continued to be positive until Wednesday they could go to Riyadh in the event that Barça defeated the Real Madrid in the semifinal to be available in the final … As long as they gave negative on time.
In the case of Ferran Torres, Barcelona will officially have him at their disposal after the announced renewal of Samuel Umtiti has generated enough space in the salary mass of the staff to be able to be registered immediately.
The inclusion of Ansu Fati, who has not played since he suffered a fibrillar tear in the hamstrings of his left leg against Celta on November 6, was already announced by Xavi in the previous match in Granada, understanding that he will be fully available to the coach to play against Real Madrid, although in principle it would be understood that the game began on the bench.
The cases of Araújo and Frenkie de Jong are, to begin with, less clear. The Dutch midfielder retired in Linares, on Wednesday of the last week, with an elongation in the soleus of his left leg that, from the outset, suggested a loss of at least a week, so his recovery is very fair. ..
As is the case with the Uruguayan central defender, who was also injured in Linares, underwent surgery on Friday for a fractured right hand and there was speculation that he would be absent for at least four weeks … That suddenly he could be nothing. Araújo traveled with a splint and depending on his feelings in Tuesday’s training, already in Riyadh, it could be taken into account by the coach, who on Saturday warned that his participation was quite unlikely.