Friday, March 24, 2023

When will Dembélé, Pedri and Lewandowski return?

All three are injured, so the coach had to improvise a unusual front against Madrid in the Cup placing Raphinha as the right winger, giving the role of center forward to Ferran Torres and keeping, yes, Gavi on the left wing acting as a false winger.

Xavi hopes to gradually recover those essential pieces up front. And he believes, even though he doesn’t want to take chances with any of them, that will have them next March 19 in the classic league that will be lived in the Camp Nou.

Dembélé, without haste to avoid relapses

In its sixth season, Barça was enjoying the best Dembélé, capable of impacting with goals (he had eight in 28 games) and assists because he gave up seven passes. But everything broke in Montilivi when he suffered a muscle injury against Girona. Since then (January 28), he lives in the infirmary, not wanting to speed up his recovery. Initially it had been estimated that it would be three weeks off.

Now it is already in the fifth week. “He’s doing pretty well, but everything will depend on your feelings“, Xavi had said before going to the Bernabéu, aware that he does not want to rush into the return of the French striker. Dembélé has already lost eight games.

Pedri accelerates for the league classic

In the 40th minute of the first leg of the Europa League against United at the Camp Nou, the midfielder was injured. Since then (February 16), he has chained four games out, Xavi confident that can reappear in the next duel with Madrid at the Camp Nou.

But pending, at all times, what the young canary marks him, who suffered a tear in the rectus femoris of the right leg, which initially should have him at least one month off. “It has been a very hard stick,” confessed Pedri, who suffered his sixth muscle injury.

Lewandowski hopes to be in San Mamés

It’s the one with the less serious injury. She is not breaking like Dembélé. Nor like Pedri. It is a muscular overload, which was detected once the match against Almería finished last Sunday. She completed the 90 minutes and on her return to Barcelona the fatigue that made her miss the classic cup bearer was confirmed.

should be two weeks off in the worst case, although the Barça doctors, cautious as usual, have not set any deadline, so it is not ruled out, even, that he could reappear on March 12 in San Mamés against Athletic.


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