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Barca boss faces injury headache ahead of Copa del Rey final

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 20/05/2019

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde faces injury headache ahead of Copa del Rey final against Valencia next weekend.

The Catalan giants retained the La Liga crown with ease and they are expected to complete a second consecutive domestic double.

However, the 55-year-old Spanish coach speaking to the press via Football Espana after Barcelona final league with Eibar at spectators Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Sunday evening as  Valverde confirmed that defender Nelson Semedo was taken to hospital at half time due to an injury.

"Semedo was take to hospital during the game, but we are hopeful it is only a minor problem and he can return tomorrow.

"We think that Ter Stegen will be fit for the final, after the initial diagnosis was reassessed.

"With Coutinho, I do not know yet, but we allowed him an additional rest today.

"Dembele and Arthur are more difficult to make a decision on right now, particularly as Arthur has been carrying an injury for months."

However, the potential absence of Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele for the final would leave Valverde light on attacking options with Lionel Messi potentially partnered with Malcom and La Masia graduate Abel Ruiz.

 

 

Samuel Umtiti is back fit to provide cover for Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique, while Sergi Roberto can fill in for Semedo and Arturo Vidal for Arthur, in midfield.

However the potential absence of Coutinho, Suarez and Dembele for the final would leave Valverde light on attacking options -with Lionel Messi potentially partnered with Malcom and La Masia graduate Abel Ruiz.
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