Barçelona announce that Ousmane Dembélé, Samuel Umtiti and Gavi join Clement Lenglet, Dani Alves, Alejandro Balde and Jordi Alba in testing positive for COVID-19.
The Catalan giants might also be without Busquets who is suspended with Braithwaite, Ansu, Pedri, Roberto, Dest and Memphis who are will out injured.
“The footballers O. Dembélé, Umtiti and Gavi are positive for COVID-19 after PCR tests on the squad. The players are in good health and self-isolating at home. The Club has reported the cases to the relevant authorities”Barça official website
The recent hike in numbers will mean that there could still be Increase in cases going forward. The unavailability of players could put their LaLiga clash with Real Mallorca on January 2 at risk as Mallorca are also battling with Covid. Three members of staff and Four players all tested positive during the winter break.
However, Barcelona and Mallorca camps aren’t the only ones facing the menace, as Rayo Vallecano have already announced 17 positives and want their game against Atletico postponed, meanwhile Real Sociedad have also confirmed 10 cases in their first team.
However, there’s been no word yet on whether La Liga games may be postponed due to the growing outbreak in the Spanish top flight.
Its is noteworthy to bring in mind the La Liga and Spanish Football Federation rules as to what grounds can a match be suspended; a match is suspended when a team does not have at least 13 players, of which five must be from the first team.
New Barça signing Ferran Torres will be unable to feature as he hasn’t been registered. Barça’s woes seem to be compounded as they sit 7th on thee table with 28 points and have picked up 13 points out of a possible 30 in their last 10 La Liga matches (W3 D4 L3).