Barcelona sit atop the La Liga table but their squad has been ravaged by injuries. Superstar Lionel Messi is out for 8 weeks with a torn hamstring. He isn’t the only Barcelona superstar who is injured. Xavi Hernandez misses out with his hamstring issue, joining Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Christian Tello, Jordi Alba, Jonathon Dos Santos, Isaac Cuenca and Ibrahim Afellay on the sidelines.
“Absences are always unfortunate and we are missing the best goalkeeper in the world,” Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino said at a pre-match news conference. “But every time that Pinto plays he has done well and the team has won. Anyway, we should not focus so much on the players that are missing. Those who are out are very good players, but so are those who come in. We must choose the best players available and go out to win the game. We must keep improving.”
“It’s a difficult game as Granada have been doing well away from home this season,” Martino said, via ESPN FC. “But we should never make excuses, we need to get on with it. The missing players are very good but those who will come in are also very good.
“I don’t see a reason why we should be weaker. These unexpected situations should make us develop. We have a long list of injuries but we have the players to assemble a good team capable of a good game and winning well.”
Date: November 23
Start Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV Info: beIN Sport USA, beIN Sport en Español
Live Stream: beIN Sport Play
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