Key Barcelona fullback currently unfit for Copa Del Ray clash

HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 7: Alejandro Balde of FC Barcelona gestures during the UEFA Champions League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Barcelona at Volksparkstadion on November 7, 2023 in Hamburg, Germany.
Photo by Marco Steinbrenner/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Up next for Barcelona is their very first encounter of the season in the Copa Del Ray. La Blaugrana head into the competition as the record winners and will have a great chance of competing for a major title. However, there are definitely some problems for Barcelona heading into their next match.

Taking on Barbastro, the Catalan giants will be playing away from home in the Round of 32. However, beyond just the game being away from the Montjuic Stadium, there are casualties as well. Lamine Yamal, for instance, will not be able to take part due to a previous suspension.

Moreover, Joao Cancelo has now also been sidelined due to an MCL injury sustained against Las Palmas. Unfortunately, that is not all. According to the latest update from Victor Navarro, Alejandro Balde also missed the latest training session conducted by FC Barcelona.

As per his tweet, Navarro explains that reason for his absence is illness. For now, no further information is available as to what exactly the illness is, but the alarm bells must already be ringing. Despite the difference in quality between the two competitors, Barcelona are still just as vulnerable as Barbastro.

In the event that Alejandro Balde does not make it to the game, Barcelona are left without Marcos Alonso, Joao Cancelo, and the La Masia gem himself. With both Spanish left-backs out, the first team has no more natural replacements. Moreover, Cancelo was the only player able to adapt as a left-back when needed.

For now, it is not a given that the player ends up missing the encounter entirely. However, since he only has a day left to recover, time is not exactly on his side. Xavi, for one, will be quite worried about just how to field his team in the event that Balde is unavailable for selection.

One positive for Barcelona will definitely be the return of Inigo Martinez. The left-footed central defender is set to be included in the squad and possibly even start. Despite not being a natural left-back, Xavi could possible make use of him for once in the face of a potential emergency.

The Latest

Barcelona captain responds to teammate’s criticism following PSG match

The elimination of FC Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League after their defeat against Paris Saint Germain has led to a lot of tension...

La Liga side interested in 18-year-old Barcelona forward

Although Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi have taken most of the spotlight, there have been several youngsters who made a leap during this season...

Barcelona open talks for homegrown pivot’s renewal – Romano

With their season almost over, FC Barcelona are already focusing their attention on work beyond the pitch, as they start planning for the upcoming...

Post-match chaos: Barcelona and PSG players clash in tunnel

The match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg was a highly tense affair. The history...

Clarification: Spain star’s father meets with Barcelona Director, but for Senegalese prodigy

Although he has not yet made his first-team debut under Xavi, the FC Barcelona youngster Mikail Faye has been playing at a very impressively...

Brazilian Real Madrid star a doubt for the match against Barcelona

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final round could not have been more painful for FC Barcelona. The Catalans were not only eliminated from the competition...

Barcelona director meets with €50m-rated Bundesliga star’s entourage

The aftermath of their Champions League exit could end up being a massive catalyst for FC Barcelona. Changes in the locker room could be...

Barcelona defender responds to Gundogan’s criticism following PSG defeat

FC Barcelona were unable to get a victory in one of the most significant matches for them this season, as the Catalans fell to...

Barcelona defender apologizes for his dreadful error vs PSG

FC Barcelona fell to a devastating defeat against Paris Saint Germain last night as the Catalans were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at...