In the build-up for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg clash between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, a recurring storyline has been that of the injury crisis currently facing the Bundesliga champions. In fact, things are so bad in Bavaria that Pep Guardiola effectively sacked the club's medical staff and we've had to compile a list of all their injuries ahead of the match on Wednesday.
Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski, Holger Badstuber...the list goes on and on, suggesting that the scales may be tipped in FC Barcelona's favour, although reports emerging from Catalunya this morning suggest that the Blaugrana may have issues of their own to contend with.
Luis Enrique chose not to rotate his squad at the weekend for a trip to Cordoba, and while the players seemed to cope with the heat just fine en-route to a thumping 8-0 victory, not everyone made it out feeling 100%. In particular, Jordi Alba is reporting some discomfort and has trained separately from the rest of the squad. As of yet, there is no official news about an injury, but it's certainly something for us, and the club's medical team to keep an eye on.
In principle, the Catalan full-back will be fine after a little bit of rest and raring to go on Wednesday, but if things do not progress as expected, Enrique might face a tough decision: does he swap in Adriano Correia as a like-for-like replacement, or does he switch it up and introduce Jeremy Mathieu back at full-back, even after his disastrous Clasico appearance on the left-flank earlier in the season?
If we gear any more about Alba's potential injury, we'll be sure to let you know.