FC Barcelona host Levante at the Camp Nou tomorrow evening looking to extend their 100% La Liga record into the fourth game. Luis Enrique revealed the imminent return of Dani Alves as FC Barcelona prepare to play three games in six days.
The Blaugrana lost yet another player in Rafinha when the midfielder tore his ACL after a poor challenge from Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
The midfielder joins the suspended Gerard Pique and the injured duo of Douglas and Claudio Bravo in the list of players that will not be able to play for the Blaugrana in the tight six day period.
Enrique confident he has enough strength in the squad to cope with congested fixtures
Besides the above trio, new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal are also unavailable due to the transfer ban imposed by FIFA. As quoted by the official club website, Enrique expressed his confidence in his squad.
He said: a What we have is a squad that has to overcome problems and negative situations during the season.
a We have players from the B squad, like Gumbau, who is an interesting player we have brought in.
a We have the blind faith in that we will get to the end of the season with chances [to win trophies]a
Enrique anticipating a difficult game, reveals Dani Alves may return
Alves has been missing from the Blaugrana line-up since picking up an injury on the opening weekend of La Liga. Announcing the good news of the Brazilians timely return, Enrique said, “He is feeling fine, on Sunday we will decide whether he can play or not against Levante.”
Anticipating a tough game against Levante, the Blaugrana boss said: a I am expecting a Levante with the same attitude that I have seen them with in the first few games of the season. They will be ready to make like difficult for us, getting players behind the ball.
a It is always difficult to attack a team that has players sat back in defence.a