With the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals rapidly approaching, it looks as though Barcelona will have to qualify without three key players.
Coach Luis Enrique had two training sessions with the group on Monday and Tuesday with all available players. However, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta and Arda Turan missed both days with fever. Yes, fever. They are all sick and now highly doubtful for this Wednesday's match against Athletic Bilbao.
Even Enrique confirmed the players' status:
Luis Enrique: "Arda, Iniesta and Busquets not training? They have fever, we'll see tomorrow how they feel." #fcblive— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 26, 2016
If all three are unable to recover from their sickness, Lucho will need to work hard to form a midfield group for Wednesday's game. Barça carry a 2-1 advantage with away goals, and missing key players might not have an influence on the final result of the tie.
But against a team like Bilbao, it is certainly going to be hard.