Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s top-of-the-table La Liga showdown with Atletico Madrid.
Barca are firmly in the driving seat with an eight-point advantage at the top, but they looked shaky and needed two goals in the 90th minute or later to rescue a remarkable 4-4 draw with Villarreal in midweek.
Victory for the defending champions this weekend would surely make them uncatchable for Atletico, but should the visitors spring a surprise and cut the gap to five then they will feel as though the race is well and truly on.
Here, Sports Mole rounds up Barcelona’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of the contest.
BARCELONA’S INJURY LIST
Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: April 10 (vs. Manchester United)
Ousmane Dembele is reportedly recovering slower than expected from the hamstring injury he aggravated in the last 16 of the Champions League and, having initially been hopeful of making Saturday’s match, next week’s showdown with Manchester United now seems to be a more realistic target.
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown
Rafinha will not feature again this season having torn his cruciate ligament in November.
Status: Slight doubt
Type of injury: Hip
Possible return date: April 6 (vs. Atletico Madrid)
Firmly behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the pecking order, Jasper Cillessen may nonetheless be ready to return to the bench this weekend having resumed training following a hip injury.
BARCELONA’S SUSPENSION LIST
Arturo Vidal was one of seven Barcelona players to pick up a booking against Villarreal, but his resulted in a one-match ban which rules him out of Saturday’s showdown.
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