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Barcelona team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Elche

Sports Mole rounds up Barcelona's latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with Elche.

Barcelona will be looking to make it four La Liga victories in a row when they continue their 2020-21 campaign away to Elche on Sunday afternoon.

Ronald Koeman's side have beaten Huesca, Athletic Bilbao and Granada in their last three league outings to move into third spot in the table, but they are still 10 points off leaders Atletico Madrid.

The Catalan giants lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on January 17 but progressed in the Copa del Rey on Thursday courtesy of a 2-0 victory at Cornella.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Barca's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the clash with Elche, who currently sit inside the relegation zone in Spain's top flight.

Ansu Fati

Barcelona's Ansu Fati in action with Villarreal's Dani Parejo in La Liga on September 27, 2020© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Barca are expected to be without the services of Ansu Fati for at least the next month or two, with the exciting youngster undergoing surgery to address the knee injury that he picked up in November.

Gerard Pique

A tearful Gerard Pique leaves the pitch on November 21, 2020© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Gerard Pique had to be replaced against Atletico Madrid on November 21 after picking up an injury to his right knee, and the centre-back is facing a long period on the sidelines.

Sergi Roberto

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in action with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos in La Liga at Camp Nou on December 18, 2019© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Muscle
Possible return date: Unknown

Sergi Roberto has recently recovered from coronavirus, but the Spain international is currently on the sidelines with a muscular problem, and it is unclear when the 28-year-old might be available to return.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho in action for Barcelona on December 13, 2020© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Philippe Coutinho recently underwent knee surgery to treat the problem that he picked up against Eibar at the end of December, and the Brazil international is expected to be out for at least the next two months.

Sergino Dest

Barcelona's Sergino Dest pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Status: Major doubt
Type of injury: Thigh
Possible return date: January 24 (vs. Elche)

Barca could again be without the services of Sergino Dest this weekend, with the right-back missing out against Cornella due to the thigh problem that he picked up against Athletic.


Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi pictured on January 17, 2021© Reuters

Status: Out

Barca will be without the services of Lionel Messi on Sunday due to the red card that the Argentine picked up in the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic.


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