Written by Patrick Echatah
A month into the new season, Spanish giants Barcelona have had a good handle on player fitness. Sergi Roberto was the only player to sustain a potentially serious injury, and the club’s new medical care system has been widely praised.
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But as is custom, there is unpleasant news to report right away during the international break. Jules Kounde sustained an injury while competing for France versus Austria in the 23rd minute. He needed the assistance of a doctor to be replaced off the field.
Didier Deschamps, the head coach of the French national team, stated that it is a thigh injury, although he did not specify how serious it is. The good news is that Kounde did not require a stretcher to be removed.
Frenkie de Jong was substituted for the Netherlands at halftime in less than 20 minutes following this. But the reasoning behind this choice is still a mystery.
However, since Memphis Depay appears to have strained his hamstring against Poland in the second half, the situation has gotten worse. Additionally, he was forced to be replaced, and Louis van Gaal will discuss the specifics of his injury during the post-match press conference.
In October, Barcelona has an odd schedule ahead of them, including away games to Valencia, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan. In addition, they play three consecutive home games against Athletic Club, Bayern Munich, and Villarreal.
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Barçelona winger Ousmane Dembele is currently on international duty with France but has been talking about life at the Spanish club.
The Frenchman used to shy away from the limelight but has been increasingly open this season and has spoken about how Xavi is helping him at Barcelona.
“Trust is very important, and Xavi has given it to me,” he said.
“After what Xavi told me, I decided to stay. I want Barça to win the Champions League again. It’s been seven years since they’ve done that.
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