Koeman will start work on Monday with 16 absences

The losses of international players, along with that of Bosnian Pjanic, due to coronavirus, and Ter Stegen, due to injury, leave a bleak picture in the set-up of the new project.


FC Barcelona has made official this Saturday the list of international players who will not start training with Ronald Koeman on Monday as they are summoned with their respective teams. A list made up of 14 footballers, which can be considered even small: South American players do not travel as their commitments have been canceled due to the coronavirus, nor midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who has 'jumped' on this occasion from Croatia's list, the goalkeeper Mar André Ter Stegen, who has not been summoned by Germany as he is convalescing from an operation on the patellar tendon in his right knee, nor the Bosnian midfielder, Miralem Pjanic, confined to his home by the coronavirus. Thus, Koeman will have a total of 16 casualties in his first week at FC Barcelona: the 14 internationals, plus Pjanic and Ter Stegen. And the total number of casualties from the workforce could be up to 18, depending on the status of Jean Clair Todibo and Samuel Umtiti, both in confinement after testing positive for covid 19.

The complete list of international players who will play two official matches next week is as follows: Sergio Busquets and Ansu Fati (Spain), Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann (France), Francisco Trincao and Semedo (Portugal), Frenkie De Jong (Holland) , Martin Braithwaite (Denmark), Carles Aleñá, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Iñaki Peña and Juan Miranda (Spain sub, 21) and finally the forward Rey Manaj (Albania) .

As AS announced, this is the first serious setback that Koeman will have to face in his new stage at FC Barcelona, having to start his project with half the squad.

All these players will be out for a week, so they will not rejoin until at least September 7, precisely the same week that LaLiga will open the curtain, although Barcelona has the advantage, along with Sevilla and Atlético de Madrid, that they will have a few more weeks to work by not rejoining the competition until the third day due to their participation in the final play-off of the Champions League in Lisbon.

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