Luis Enrique left with very little option in defense lineup

enriqueNext week Sat­ur­day, FC Barcelona will wel­come Mala­ga for the Week 12 La Liga match which will kick off by 4:15 pm CET. Mala­ga is a less tougher oppo­nent for Bar­ca which should leave Luis Enrique less wor­ried ahead of the next Lal Liga clash. But the real­i­ty is that Luis Enrique is more trou­bled than he should be because of the state of his defense line­up.

Injuries affect­ing Luis Enrique’s play­ers espe­cial­ly from the Rus­sia World Cup qual­i­fi­er are more dis­turb­ing for the coach. Already Samuel Umti­ti have being ruled out of play until three weeks, while Ser­gi Rober­to is now suf­fer­ing from Achilles ten­don pain. Although the Bar­ca right back is still with the Span­ish squad, when he returns to Barcelona he will under­go test on the pain.

With the pos­si­bil­i­ty of Ser­gi Rober­to not play­ing against Mala­ga as a result of Achilles ten­don pain and Aleix Vidal who’s not in the plan of the coach in any of Barca’s game. The worse case would be the coach play a ran­dom defend­er who have not played the right back posi­tion. This is because Ser­gi Rober­to and Aleix Vidal are the only right back play­ers in the first team. Enrique would have moved for Bar­ca B right back play­er Nili Per­do­mo to cov­er the posi­tion but the defend­er wa injured im Saturday’s game and is not expect­ed to play until four weeks.

All cen­tral defend­ers may be avail­able for the game against Mala­ga except Samuel Umti­ti who will not play until three weeks. Ger­ard Pique is expect­ed to be back from injury although wait­ing to receive the green light from the med­ical team.

Lucas Digne is the only defend­er who have not injured this sea­son and he has played full 90 min­utes in the last six games for Barcelona. While Jor­di Alba is expect­ed to return from injury, just like Pique he’s wait­ing for the go ahead sig­nal to play from the med­ical team.

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