Two Barcelona stars return from injury to take on Bilbao


BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10: Joao Cancelo of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Girona FC at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on December 10, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.
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After some weeks of great turmoil and uncertainty at FC Barcelona, things are starting to look up. Despite the difficult set of matches placed in front of them, the Catalans managed to prevail. The cup and the league, both demanding, were overcome by Barcelona.

The first encounter was against Unionistas, and Barça managed to win it by slight margins. Then, against Real Betis, a stunning 4-2 victory uplifted the Barcelona spirits even higher. Now, ahead of the clash against Athletic Bilbao in the cup, there is even more positive news.

According to the official squad list, La Blaugrana are met with some of the best possible news they could have received. Both Joao Cancelo and Andreas Christensen, as was expected, are back in the team to take on Ernesto Valverde’s Athletic Bilbao.

The Portuguese fullback and Danish defender are both key players for Xavi, and their collective return is undoubtedly extremely positive news for the hopes of Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao. The Basque team is undoubtedly a strong opponent, but these two key players are a massive boost for Barça.

Recently, even German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen gave a possible return date for himself. Taking that into consideration, as well as the return of these two superstars, Barcelona are left with a lot of positives to look forward to.

Injured since the Las Palmas game, Cancelo seems to finally have recovered from his MCL sprain. Christensen, on the other hand, was rested against Real Betis in the last game only as a precaution.

Now, both players managed to ensure they completed the group training with the rest of their teammates. Their eyes are now set on the game against Athletic Bilbao.

Arguably Barça’s most clear opportunity at a title, Xavi will want all his best players available. It does remain to be seen whether they are able to start or not.

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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