The FIFA virus haunts the duel between Barça and Atlético (Albert Nadal)

Even the footballers themselves, as Frenkie De Jong did, have come to question the stops due to the national team matches and having to travel around the planet in the middle of a pandemic. The FIFA virus has always been a headache for big clubs, full of international stars, for the fatigue that long trips usually involve and for the risk of injury to footballers, but with the coronavirus the casualties have multiplied and teams such as Barça, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid are paying the consequences. Especially the mattress set, which this Wednesday has known the final loss by coronavirus of former Barça player Luis Suárez: the Uruguayan striker has tested positive again and will not be able to face his former team on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano.

With Luis Suárez’s coronavirus loss, Atlético de Madrid must add that of Lucas Torreira, also from Uruguay. The mattress midfielder is also infected, as his club also reported this Wednesday, and will not be able to play against Barça either. Torreira, like Suárez, had been called up with his team. To these two coronavirus casualties, Diego Pablo Simeone must be added that of the Mexican Héctor Herrera, although the midfielder traveled with his team already injured and has not played a minute with Mexico. Like Herrera, the Montenegrin center-back returned to Madrid earlier with shoulder discomfort, but his presence is not ruled out for the match against Barça.

Busquets, with a sprain in the lateral ligament of the knee

For his part, during this break due to national team commitments, Ronald Koeman has seen Sergio Busquets lose at least for Saturday’s match and for next Tuesday’s Champions League match against Dinamo Kiev . The sprain in the lateral ligament of his left knee that the Barça midfielder suffered in Spain’s draw against Switzerland – and which Barça’s medical services have confirmed this Wednesday – could have him two to three weeks away from the pitch. . Pedri did not play the last match with the Spanish under-21 team as a precaution after receiving a blow against the Faroe Islands last Thursday.

Messi, meanwhile, returned to Barcelona on Wednesday after accumulating 180 minutes with the Argentine national team in two demanding duels against Paraguay and Peru. The Argentine arrived in the Catalan capital annoyed because he had just landed at the airport and had been the subject of a tax inspection lasting almost an hour. On the other hand, Koeman could recover Philippe Coutinho for the duel of Wanda Metropolitano: the Brazilian has already completed two sessions with the group after falling injured after the classic against Real Madrid.

Madrid, with doubts about the pair of central defenders

The white team has also suffered the consequences of the FIFA virus. Zinedine Zidane has doubts about whether he will be able to count on Sergio Ramos, injured in Spain’s victory against Germany on Tuesday due to discomfort in the biceps femoris of his right leg. Similarly, Raphael Varane had to be replaced at the break of the duel between France and Sweden also this Tuesday due to some discomfort, but the Real Madrid coach hopes to be able to count on him.

The FIFA virus has especially punished Betis, who have seen Sergio Canales injured in the first minutes of the match against Germany. “Ramos and Canales’ injuries are practically of very little importance, muscular. It’s not pleasant for the clubs, but I hope they are out for a short time. We believe that the injured have nothing serious or important. I’m sorry for their clubs, but that’s the way it is, “said Spanish coach Luis Enrique.

The Spanish team applies a historic correction in Germany (6-0)

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