Barcelona Receives Promising Injury Updates as Xavi Hernandez Gathers Support

Introduction to the article:
Barcelona is preparing for a crucial period in their season as they deal with a string of injuries. However, there is some good news on the horizon as key players are nearing a return to action. This article discusses the potential impact of these returns on the team’s upcoming fixtures.

Ter Stegen and Raphinha set to return

After a challenging January fixture list that resulted in a number of injuries, Barcelona is set to welcome back goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Brazilian winger Raphinha. Ter Stegen, who has been out for two-and-a-half months with a back injury, is expected to start against Granada next weekend. Meanwhile, Raphinha, who has been out with a muscle strain, will also return to action.

Reinforcements for Xavi Hernandez

The return of these key players will provide much-needed reinforcements for Barcelona, who have been down to just 12 senior players in recent matches. With the inclusion of younger players due to the injury crisis, Xavi will now have more options and the chance to rotate ahead of the crucial Champions League clash with Napoli.

Challenges with goalkeeper Inaki Pena

While Inaki Pena initially filled in well for ter Stegen, his performances have been less convincing in 2024. With 32 goals conceded in 17 games, it is clear that the team has missed the presence and command of ter Stegen in goal. However, with ter Stegen’s imminent return, Barcelona will look to regain stability in the goalkeeping position.

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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