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The 'FIFA virus' threatens the end of the year of Barça

Published:11/11/2019 - 22:32h

Updated:12/11/2019 - 01:35h

The dreaded 'FIFA virus' is back and this November break for international matches comes at a particularly delicate time for FC Barcelona

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The FC Barcelona will have an end of frantic year, with clashes complicated against teams of high level. In the first place, it will return the Campions League with parties against the Borussia Dortmund and the Inter of Milan, with the pass to eighth of final at stake. In LaLiga, the culés will have hard parties to domicile against Athletic of Madrid or Real Sociedad or the Classical of the Camp Nou against the Real Madrid.

It is by this that this stop of November by national selections does not arrive in the most suitable moment. The FC Barcelona plays a lot in the last weeks of 2019 -so much in LaLiga Santander as in the League of Champions- and is thus that the wear of the international will be a problem added to the that already there is at present with the injuries.

The 'virus Fifa' will strike strong and will carry to 13 footballers: Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Leo Messi (Argentina), Arthur (Brazil), Antoine Griezmann and Clément Lenglet (France), Frenkie of Jong (Holland), Arturo Vidal (Chile), Moussa Wagué (Senegal), Jean-Clair Todibo (France Sub-20) and Ansu Fati (Spain Sub-21).

Of course, it is necessary to take into account that, in addition to the 13 mentioned, there is other two that have fallen of the announcements to last hour by injury: Nélson Semedo was the first and expects that it was a whole month of drop; and this Monday has added to the infirmary Ivan Rakitic, with an injury in the heel of Achilles that it has separated him of the Croatian selection.

Another factor to have very in account in this 'virus FIFA' is that Leo Messi will return to the Argentinian selection after have not attended to the stops of September and October. The Barcelona star, in this way, will accumulate a wear intersemanal that did not suffer from did long, being exposed also to the injuries, a main problem in the Barça this season.

The injuries remove the dream to the Barça

The stops by selections are not precisely a pleasant problem for the big clubs, and less for a FC Barcelona that, in spite of the injuries of men usually international like Jordi Alba, Nélson Semedo or Ivan Rakitic, will contribute a total of 17 footballers to his combined national between first team and subsidiary.

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