Barcelona look to recover from injury crisis before Villarreal clash

Barcelona did not look solid in defence due to the injury crisis.

Barcelona are looking to recover from a brutal week which saw them lose the La Liga lead. They are on the way to seeing the group exit from the Champions League.

The Blaugrana are slowly recovering from their injury crisis. The first team squad saw as many as seven injuries, six of which were sustained during the international break. At the weekend, Jules Kounde came straight back into the line-up against Real Madrid.

The Blaugrana did not look solid in defence, Kounde’s presence was a clear upgrade.

As per the reports to Sport, there is a strong chance that Hector Bellerin will be back for their next match at Villarreal too. Bellerin was not on international duty at the time but suffered a calf strain in training, ruling him out for multiple weeks.

Bellerin is expected to return to the squad for Barcelona’s fixture at home to Villarreal on Thursday. He did full training on Monday.

It would leave Xavi Hernandez with another option at right-back, having been restricted more or less to Sergi Roberto or a makeshift solution since the international break. Andreas Christensen, Memphis Depay and Ronald Araujo are in the recovery phase.

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