FC Barcelona are starting to pay the bill for all the injuries and suspension that have hit the squad, with the difference between the starters and subs levels quite clear. In the next squad, Luis Enrique will have to turn to the youth team to complete his list of 18 players.
In the case of not being able to call on Andres Iniesta and Sergi Roberto, neither of whom has their medical clearance yet, Lucho will call up three Barcelona B players. One will by Gumbau, and if the game against CF Villanovense is anything to go by, the others will be Kaptoum and Samper, both central midfielders, the part of the team most weak at the moment. In the prepatory session on Thursday Aitor was used too.
Lucho, without Iniesta, Sergi Roberto (doubts), Mascherano (suspended), Messi, Douglas and Rafinha (injured), has 16 players including three goalkeepers. They are Ter Stegen, Piqué, Rakitic, Busquets, Dani Alves, Luis Suárez, Neymar, Bravo, Bartra, Munir, Jordi Alba, Sandro, Adriano, Vermaelen, Mathieu and Masip.
The coach cannot use Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal until January because of the FIFA ban.
If Lucho gets Iniesta and Sergi Roberto back, his worries will be lessened. Until then, the kids get to stay and hope for a new opportunity, at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.