This time it was Nelson Semedo's turn to hurt himself and leave his partners after only twenty minutes of play. Author of recent performances very encouraging, the Portuguese side suffers from a muscle injury in the soleus muscle of his left leg, and will miss five weeks of competition. The seventeenth injury of the season Catalan side, where muscle pains are linked and spare no one. In total, twelve players in the Barcelona squad have already had physical problems this season.
Muscle injuries do not let Barcelona down
Ernesto Valverde will face several decisive matches, such as the duel against Dortmund at the end of the month, without his two lateral holders on the flanks. Jordi Alba is suffering from a muscular injury to the femoral biceps, and will also be unavailable for several weeks. Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Arthur, Sergi Roberto or Ousmane Dembele, among others, also had physical glitches, and more worrying, relapses. And what is also concerned is that it is often the same area that is affected, namely the hamstring muscle.
What to ask questions about the calendar increasingly overloaded European big teams, with summer tours to the four corners of the world and increasingly demanding competitions, like this new Supercoupe format that will add two more meetings and a trip in high season. Real Madrid also had recurring glitches at the start of the season at this level. We can also remember the words of Ernesto Valverde who had confided "Do not give too much importance to physical preparation" end of September. In Barca to find a solution …