An update on the availability of Barcelona against Pedri and Ferran Torres in the club’s upcoming match against Real Madrid was provided on Sunday night.
Harvey Hernandez’s troops will of course return to the field next Wednesday.
The Blaugrana will turn their attention to the Spanish Super Cup on their trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after improving form since the start of the year since Granada was suspended last night.
A showdown with the aforementioned Real Madrid awaits, in the latest edition of one of world football’s greatest rivals, El Clasico.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid will enter proceedings as favourites to book their place in the Super Cup final, having kept the pair in their impressive 4-1 win over Valencia on Saturday. The sprint for the La Liga champions.
So it goes without saying that Xavi has faced a huge personnel doom since his return to Catalonia, and will no doubt want to get as many key players as possible to fit in and rest from the middle of the week.
The good news for the Blaugrana boss is that Ansu Fati is back fit and he is expected to play at least some role in Riyadh.
But on the other hand, Eric Garcia will be sidelined following a hamstring injury against Granada, while the likes of Ronald Araujo and Martin Braithwaite will also be sidelined.
And, if the latest news from the media on Sunday night is anything to go by, Harvey won’t be able to get another pair of high-profile names either.
Problem player? Pedri and Ferran Torres.
The two Spain internationals, who both sat out against Granada, tested positive for Covid-19 today, according to a report from reliable ESport3.
Neither midfielder Pedri nor Torres in January will be on the flight to Saudi Arabia unless further tests on Monday reveal negative results in time.
🚨🚨 Ferran Torres and Pedri will not be heading to Riyadh this Mondayhttps://t.co/9AjWNsFqqr
– Esports 3 (@esports3) January 9, 2022