The La Liga title race is heating up as the business end of the season is upon us, and neither Real Madrid nor Barcelona are willing to give up any ground to one another for the league title. As a result, every little detail is being looked upon by the clubs and their fans as it could end up impacting the final position of a club in the league table.
FC Barcelona are coming into this league matchday in red-hot form, as they have won 16 of their league matches while drawing 2, and losing only 1. The last match against Real Betis was a testament to the intent of the club to win the league title, as they overcome a good Betis side to win the match 2-1.
However, bad news has just come in for Barcelona fans as the man of the match from this tie and the main difference maker, Alejandro Balde, is expected to miss the upcoming crunch tie against Sevilla.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Alejandro Balde is suffering from a fever and is a huge doubt for the Sevilla game. Balde has taken up the left-back position from Jordi Alba in this season and has been trusted by Xavi to start important matches ahead of the highly experienced Jordi Alba. In the last match, he gave the assist for Raphinha’s goal, which opened up the match, and directly contributed to Barcelona leaving with full three points.
In case Balde is not able to recover in time for the Sevilla clash, Xavi will have to go back to Jordi Alba to take his position in the starting lineup. Another option could be Marcos Alonso, who operates well on both sides of the defensive line. Whichever of these two starts the match, Barcelona will still miss the youthful energy and athleticism of Balde, which can be highly helpful in these tense matches.