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Xavi's big doubts ahead of the derby against Espanyol

Published:27/12/2022 - 17:10h

Updated:27/12/2022 - 22:54h

Xavi Hernández will face the league commitment against Espanyol with the proven loss of Robert Lewandowski and with some uncertainties in the team's defensive plot

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The FC Barcelona will see the faces in the Spotify Camp Nou in front of the RCD Espanyol in the first commitment after the stop of the World-wide. The appointment will carry out to the 14.00 of the Saturday 31 December, in a party that will have some uncertainties for Xavi Hernández in when to the alignment that will present in the day before of new year.

The first of the interrogantes is who will be the elected to substitute to Robert Lewandowski in front of the group perico. The Pole has a sanction of three commitments, by what Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay or Ferran Torres will be the elected to occupy the role of forward centre this weekend. A priori, it would be the canterano the one who would have more whole to initiate the commitment beside Oumane Dembélé and Raphinha by the sides. By his part, the Valencian also is a solid alternative and would be the Dutch the one who could remain again in the ostracism.

Another will be if Jules Koundé will go in inside the eleven initial. The French only will complete two sessions of training in case to return this Wednesday to Barcelona after the World-wide of Qatar, taking into account that it fulfilled with nine days on holiday and was of trip in Los Angeles. It seems complicated that start from the beginning and would be Sergi Roberto or Héctor Bellerín those that will occupy the right band.

Also it is the doubt of if Ronald Araújo finds totally recovered. The Uruguayan carries three months in the dry dam owing to his surgery in sinew of the aductor long of the right thigh and in theory already would have to be to 100%. However, his long period of inactivity do almost impossible his debut, by what Eric García and Andreas Christensen would be the first election of the technician. The club still expects the high doctor of the central to range him of face to the tightened calendar that him avecina to the first team.

Who will be the left side?

The Barça has three left-handed sides in plenitud of conditions. So much Alejandro Balde like Jordi Alba contested the appointment mundialista and left good feelings at first sight, although Marcos Alonso also is an option for Xavi. The bet centres in the canterano because the Madrilenian has adapted to a new role like central defender, by what all will keep to the expectation until next Saturday.

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