Barcelona sit in 9th in the table, a whopping 11 points behind league leaders Real Sociedad while bitter rivals Real Madrid boast a 10-point advantage. Their most recent game was an embarrassing 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo, with the Catalan giants absolutely capitulating despite being 3-0 up right until the 52nd minute.
And if you thought things could not get worse for the Blaugrana and incoming head coach Xavi, think again! The Camp Nou outfit revealed a triple injury blow, one of which looks to be worrying at the very least.
Three players succumbed to injury in the 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo, one of which was highly-rated young midfielder Nico Gonzalez. The 19-year-old enjoyed an excellent first half, helping his side take a commanding 3-0 lead, but was forced off the pitch just before the hour mark, being replaced by Rique Puig.
Barcelona have since confirmed that the teenager picked up a groin strain and will thus miss the upcoming international break. The same is true for Eric Garcia, the recently-signed center back who joined the Camp Nou from Man City, as he fell victim to a right calf strain which has ruled him out for Spain in the upcoming international break.
The final – and most noteworthy – injury from the 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo was that of Ansu Fati. The exceptional winger picked up a thigh issue and was forced off in the 46th minute, which was a sign of concern given that he has just made his return from a lengthy sideline.
Barcelona failed to put a timescale on Fati's injury. Instead, the Spanish giants simply stated that "he will be out of action until he recovers". Speculations have emerged claiming that the Spaniard could be out for up to six weeks, which will be disastrous.
Xavi, who has just arrived at the club, is said to be keen on fielding natural wingers, and given that Fati and Dembele are both facing time on the sidelines, the gaffer could be in for a rough start. Fortunately, the Blaugrana will not be in action until November 20 when they host Catalan rivals Espanyol at the Camp Nou.