Xavi provides double Barcelona injury update before Bayern showdown

The Catalans were dealt a pair of blows this evening

Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has, on Sunday evening, provided an insight into the extent of the latest injury concerns across his squad.

The Blaugrana, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

And, after bouncing back from last weekend’s Clasico humbling courtesy of a 3-0 downing of Villarreal in midweek, Barca only continued to impress.

Goals on the part of all of Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres guided the Catalans to a thoroughly deserved downing of Athletic Club, in the process closing the gap on table-topping Real Madrid to just three points.

An otherwise stellar evening’s work for Barcelona, though, was soured by a pair of fresh blows on the personnel front.

This came as recently-crowned Kopa Trophy winner Gavi was followed in being forced into an early departure from proceedings by Sergi Roberto.

The former’s came owing to a heavy collision in the middle of the park, with goalscorer Roberto having appeared to do damage to his shoulder.

Speaking on the back of the full-time whistle at the Camp Nou, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of the wellbeing of both players was put to Xavi Hernandez.

Barca’s next outing, on Wednesday, will come against the might of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Gavi, though, could well be fit to feature, with boss Xavi having assured that the 18-year-old is ‘fine’.

Sergi Roberto, on the other hand, appears to be in line for an upcoming spell on the sidelines, with an issue, following initial inspection, looking altogether ‘more serious’:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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