Injury, suspension list against Espanyol –

Sports Mole takes stock of all the injury news and Barcelona’s suspension ahead of their La Liga clash with Espanyol on Saturday.

Barcelona make their return to domestic action on Saturday evening with the visit of Espanyol at Camp Nou in La Liga Barcelona derby.

The game will mark the start of a new era under Xavi – who succeeds Ronald koeman as manager of Blaugrana – with Sergi Barjuan overseeing a collapse in a 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo before the international break.

Losing a three-goal lead in a calamitous manner, Barcelona sit in ninth place in the table and Xavi are set to face an exhausted squad for Saturday’s battle.

Here, Sporty Taupe gathers all the latest news from Barcelona on injuries and suspensions ahead of the competition.


© Reuters

Status: Outside
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Martin Braithwaite continues to recover from knee surgery and still faces several weeks of inactivity.


Sergio Aguero from Barcelona on October 17, 2021© Reuters

Status: Outside
Type of injury: Chest
Possible return date: Unknown

Sergio Aguero faces an uncertain future in the game after being rushed to hospital with chest pain during last month’s battle with Alaves, and the Argentine will be out for at least a few months.


Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele pictured on November 2, 2021© Reuters

Status: Outside
Type of injury: Tendon
Possible return date: Unknown

The unlucky Ousmane Dembele recently had another hamstring problem and was not one of five players to return to training on Monday, meaning he is set to miss out here.


Barcelona's Sergino Dest pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Status: major doubt
Type of injury: Back
Possible return date: November 20 (v. Espanyol)

Sergino Dest is struggling to recover from his back pain in time to make himself available for Saturday’s game, but the right-back faces a race against the clock to be fit for the game.


Ansu Fati in action for Barcelona in October 2021© Reuters

Status: Outside
Type of injury: Tendon
Possible return date: Unknown

Ansu Fati had to be pulled out with a hamstring issue at half-time in the draw with Celta Vigo, and while the issue is apparently not as bad as initially feared, he will not be available here.


Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto pictured on May 2, 2021© Reuters

Status: Outside
Type of injury: quadriceps
Possible return date: Unknown

Recent reports have claimed that injured Sergi Roberto has quadriceps issues, despite training during the week, and he should be missing here.


LIST OF BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS

Barcelona have no players suspended for the derby.


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