Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7:29 PM• Jordi Tomasowa • Last update: 21:41

Memphis Depay makes his comeback on Saturday in the selection of Barcelona for the away game against Granada. The attacker was sidelined for less than a month. In December, he suffered a hamstring injury during the Champions League match against Bayern Munich (3-0 loss). The infirmary at Barça is emptying more and more. Sergiño Dest is one of four players to return after a negative corona test.

For Xavi, it was last week during the LaLiga match with Real Mallorca (0-1 win) and the cup match against Andalusian Linares (1-2 win). Barcelona has been struggling with a large number of corona infections in the selection in recent weeks, as a result of which the trainer was forced to supplement the battered selection with the necessary players from the promise team. The return of Depay is therefore convenient. In addition to the attacker, Dest, Gavi, Ez Abde and Alejandro Baldé also join after the foursome tested negative after a corona infection.

Ansu Fati is also on the way back. The 19-year-old attacker was injured for nearly a year with a lingering knee injury and returned on September 26. After another setback, the wing striker had to miss two more games. Fati made his comeback against Dynamo Kiev and scored the only goal of the game (0-1). Against Celta de Vigo it only went wrong again in the last minute of the first half when pulling a sprint. Xavi doesn’t take any chances with Fati. His return is expected on Wednesday, when Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Supercopa.

It is also still a question of when Ferran Torres can be signed up for LaLiga. Barcelona hoped to free up enough money in the salary house with the discharge of Philippe Coutinho, who announced on Friday that he will finish the season on a rental basis at Aston Villa. However, it seems that insufficient budget is still being created and an extra player exit is needed. Samuel Umtiti would be the prime candidate for a winter departure; Newcastle United in particular is seriously interested in the stopper, know marca.


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