Barcelona manager Xavi has revealed that he expects to welcome winger Ansu Fati back to the squad for the upcoming Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid.
After missing most of last season with a nasty knee injury, the talented teenager had problems with the hamstring shortly after his return and has missed his team’s last 11 matches in all competitions.
Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Granada, Xavi admitted that Fati will not be there because he will be saved specifically for the Super Cup clash on Wednesday.
“Ansu is fine,” said Xavi (via Marca). “There was a chance he could play here, but we do not want to take any risks.
“We’re saving him. He’s going to be there for the Super Cup, which’s spectacular news for us. He can make a real difference.”
However, the manager confirmed that the importance of facing Real Madrid did not play a role in his decision to rest Fati, where Xavi instead saw the upcoming semi-final as just a chance to approach his first trophy as coach.
Ez Abde and Ousmane Dembele are both available for Barcelona after testing negative for Covid-19, but Xavi was less optimistic about the condition of defender Ronald Araujo, who has undergone wrist surgery after breaking it against Linares in the third round of the Copa del Rey. .
Reports have suggested that Araujo may be available for the Super Cup, but Xavi was not so sure.
“They have operated on him,” Xavi confirmed. “We will see how he is, but it will not be easy for him to get back in time for the Super Cup.
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