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Why is FIFA set to pay FC Barcelona defender’s club salary?

How will this impact Xavi's Barcelona run of form?

FC Barcelona players haven’t had the greatest of times in this international break with their respective national teams. And now, reports suggest that FIFA is all set to pay the wages of one of the injured FC Barcelona defender, Ronald Araujo who has suffered a serious injury and is highly likely to be out for at least four weeks if not more.

According to the international organisation’s Club Protection Program, FIFA will compensate a club if its player is out of action for more than 28 days through an injury suffered when on duty with the international team. From what it appears, the South Americal centre-back will be out for longer than the defined duration.

International break turns to Injury fest for FC Barcelona players

Memphis Dephay
Memphis Dephay

The International break has not been kind to Xavi’s men so far. Apart from the injury to the Uruguayan Centre Back, Ronald Araujo, Memphis Dephay, Frenkie De Jong, Jules Kounde, and Ousmane Dembele are amongst others.

With the injuries, Xavi has to fall back to his bench strength, particularly in the defence. The Ronald Araujo – Jules Kounde pair has been perfroming extremely well for the Catalans since the start of the season along with Eric Garcia. The newly signed former Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen will most likely have to fill up the spot at the back while Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin will likely be the one to take up the right-back spot.

The month of October is going to be an acid test for Xavi’s management as his team has to basically play every three days, with the El Clasico and the return leg against Bayern Munich in between. It will be the priority to make sure there are no injuries and players to ready.

Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo charged by the FA after incident of Misconduct with a young Everton fan

FC Barcelona’s season of rejuvenation

Xavi with FC Barcelona
Xavi with FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona has had a great start to the season so far. The Catalans managed to win or draw all their domestic matches so far and recorded a win and a loss in Europe. After what has been depressing times for Barcelona fans over the last few seasons, this season started with a much-needed respite.

The current Barcelona board under President Joan Laporte has made some massive signings as well and fans are hoping that the Spanish giants would be challenging for all three titles.

Also read: Juventus record massive 254.3 million euros loss for 2021-22 financial year

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