BARCELONA – Barcelona will play many of their options in the League next Saturday against Real Madrid, and five days after the clash Ronald Koeman still does not know if he will be able to count on Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto.
The latter could be discharged without further delay, but with the central defender the reserves are maximum around the club, in view of the fact that he has not yet been able to complete a full training session and that the recovery, after the relapse he suffered in the match of Cup against Sevilla FC in February, not as fast as expected.
Piqué, injured in November, refused to undergo surgery as advised by the club’s doctors in order to speed up his set-up but after forcing his efforts to play in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, and perhaps poor planning in his exercises, They caused that relapse that now maintain the state of alarm.
But the Catalan central defender is not the only name that causes controversy. If the case of Philippe Coutinho, who left for his country on his own to be operated on by the doctor of the Brazilian team, is the last, at Barça there is still going around what happened with Ansu Fati, also injured in November and that after an initial intervention that had to return him to the fields in March, he is still on leave, after another operation and fearing, now, that he still has to return to the operating room, without clarifying whether the problem lies in how he has carried out his recovery at the orders from the club doctors.
What is evidence is that the youth squad will not play again this season and that there is unanimity that more than urgency what prevails is a slow and complete recovery with a view to the next year.
The return of Sergi Roberto is expected, even if Koeman remains cautious, facing the Clásico once he recovered from the relapse he suffered on February 3 in Granada after the injury that took him off the pitch in November and that it kept him out of the fields for initially two months, evidencing some controversy both due to the difficulties in its set-up and, in the same way that happens in general, the null information of the club’s medical services.
Coutinho underwent surgery in his country on Monday and although Barcelona did not announce, as a normal rule, a recovery period, at Camp Nou it is practically taken for granted that the Brazilian midfielder will not play again this season.
The intervention, led by the Canarinha team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, revealed the tight relationship and suspicious mistrust of the players of the Barça squad with the club’s medical services, who have been involved this season in several episodes that cause doubts both in diagnoses and in recoveries.
The case of the Brazilian is outstanding but it is still one more. Injured on December 29, this week’s intervention is the third to which he undergoes just when, after the first, he should be in a position to reappear in the Classic to be played on Saturday in Madrid. The meniscus suture in January led to an inadequate recovery, led to a second operation in March to remove a cyst, followed by a visit to Qatar and ended with a disenchanted Coutinho, leaving on his own for Brazil to put himself in the hands of the doctors of his selection and without taking into account the doctors of the club.
It should also be noted the case of Ronald Araújo, who suffered a sprain at the beginning of February against Real Betis, reappeared just three weeks later and relapsed after another three weeks, which have kept him out of Koeman’s plans until the last Monday, when he returned a few minutes against Real Valladolid after a recovery from which hardly any information was given.
As it was not explained, nor understood, what happened to Pedri, injured during the league victory in Seville, diagnosed with a muscle stretch that should keep him out for a minimum of two weeks … And miraculously he started after four days in the second leg of the Cup against the Andalusian team without any difficulty. The announced injury was nothing more than a blow …