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Barcelona receive timely injury boost ahead of Benfica clash

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Xavi will have one of his defenders back ahead of the crucial Champions League game.


Barcelona won their first game under Xavi Hernandez with a 1-0 result against Espanyol on Saturday.

Memphis Depay converted a spot-kick to send Barcelona to sixth place on the league table. Despite showing glances of what they might look like under Xavi, Barca’s performance was far from perfect.

However, Barcelona were playing without some of their key players. It will take a long time before Xavi can enjoy having a full squad. However, he has already got one of his important defenders back.


According to Marca, Sergino Dest is back in Xavi’s team training. The right-back has missed several matches due to a back problem. However, he might be available for selection for the next Barcelona game.

What is next for Barcelona?

This is a timely squad boost for the Catalans ahead of their Champions League battle against Benfica. The Blaugrana will face the Dutch side at Camp Nou as they fight to secure their second place in Group E. They currently sit behind Bayern Munich with six points from their four matches.

After the Benfica game, Xavi’s side will continue their La Liga campaign with another challenging match against Villarreal four days later.