Xavi Contemplates Benching Attacking Star for Las Palmas-Barcelona Match as Vitor Roque Is Included in Squad

Introduction to this article:
Barcelona face a crucial match against Las Palmas in their pursuit of the Liga title, but they sit 10 points off the pace. With key players missing through injury, coach Xavi Hernandez will need to make strategic decisions to secure a much-needed victory.

Barcelona’s Injury Woes

The Blaugrana are dealing with several key absences, including Pedri, Inigo Martinez, Marcos Alonso, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and Gavi. Xavi is expected to turn to experienced players like captain Sergi Roberto to fill the void left by these injuries.

Return of De Jong and Potential Lineup Changes

Frenkie de Jong is set to return from suspension, providing a significant boost to Barcelona’s midfield. There may also be changes in the lineup, with potential returns for Jules Kounde and January signing Vitor Roque. Xavi has hinted at dropping Joao Felix in favor of starting Ferran Torres in a surprise move.

Looming Threats from Las Palmas

Las Palmas presents a significant challenge, boasting the second-best defense in La Liga. With players like Marc Cardona, Munir El Haddadi, and Sandro Ramirez potentially comprising their frontline, Barcelona’s defense will need to be vigilant. However, Las Palmas will also be missing key players due to injury and loan agreements.

Ahmed Asmar

Hello, I'm Ahmed Al-Asmar, a sports writer specializing in sports news. Over the years, I have dedicated myself to studying and following various sports, gaining valuable expertise in analyzing and presenting sporting events to readers in a clear and engaging manner.
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