Injured Barcelona left-back to be fully fit in time for pre-season


Barcelona's Spanish defender #03 Alejandro Balde arrives for the 58th Joan Gamper Trophy football match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Barcelona on August 8, 2023.
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It is crucial for FC Barcelona to start the next season in the best way possible. The Catalan club knows that if they are to compete and challenge for everything next season, they need to do so with a strong start. To ensure that, Barcelona will need all the help they can possibly get.

For now, there is uncertainty about the signings and departures that will happen this summer. Barcelona have a clear wish list of the players they would like to recruit, but it is hardly a list of guarantees. However, what Barcelona can definitely count on are their incoming loanees and returning players.

That list of returning players, however, will not just include loan players. It will also likely include Alejandro Balde, the 20-year-old Barcelona left-back who missed most of last season due to a muscular injury. As highlighted by SPORT, however, the player is looking to return in time for the pre-season.

Speaking to online fans on ‘The Residency’, the Barcelona defensive prodigy clarified what his current feelings are in regards to his injury and recovery: “Every day I feel better from the injury.”

SPORT also highlights that his return is expected sooner rather than later. Moreover, he will be a normal part of Hansi Flick’s squad for the pre-season, although with a hint of precaution and care as Barcelona do not wish to overextend the player’s limits and end up with him suffering a relapse.

Other topics that the player addressed had to do with La Masia and his teammates. After speaking about his closeness with Ansu Fati, a player whose future is up in the air at the moment, he was asked to comment on his favorite memories from La Masia:

“There are many, but perhaps when we had clásicos, and we all gathered in the living room to watch. We would go wild when Barça scored.”

Lastly, the player even talked about his World Cup call-up to Qatar being his favorite moment with the Spanish National team, and how the Barcelona star wishes to still be with his teammates over in Germany as they face off the rest of Europe’s finest to conquer the 2024 edition of the European Championship.

Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun
Raafay Humayun is a life-long fan of FC Barcelona and an avid enjoyer of all things Blaugrana. Having fallen in love with the club for the way they defined football for him, he now spends his time watching games, analyzing the happenings in them, and digesting any and everything related to his beloved Catalan club. He also writes as an author for Barca News Network hoping to deliver the latest updates to his fellow ‘culés’.

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