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Barcelona set to welcome back key players after international break

Reinforcements are coming

FC Barcelona Sign Sergio Aguero Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona should be able to welcome back Jordi Alba, Pedri, and Sergio Aguero after the international break with the trio all tipped to return from injury.

Diario Sport highlight how all three players should be fit for Barca’s next game which comes at the Camp Nou on October 17 with Valencia the visitors in La Liga.

Ansu Fati is also expected to be “one hundred percent fit” and could therefore be in line to make his first start of the season after returning from almost a year off with knee trouble.

Ousmane Dembele is also closing in on a return after going under the knife again in the summer but Barca may have to wait until November before the Frenchman plays again.

The report reckons the next two weeks “will be like a pre-season stage” for players not away on international duty and will let them “recover their form and physical tone” after a hectic few weeks.

The return of the injured stars will certainly offer Barca a big boost after miserable defeats to Atletico Madrid and Benfica and with key fixtures against Valencia, Dynamo Kiev, and Real Madrid to come.

Coach Ronald Koeman has already admitted his team need to win all three games which looks a big ask, particularly given the way they have started the season.

There are reports that anything less than maximum points could see Joan Laporta’s patience with the coach finally snap after he surprised everyone at the weekend by saying Koeman would be staying on....for now at least.