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Koeman calls emergency meeting with doctors

Ronald Koeman on the sidelines against Real Madrid / FC BARCELONA

There was an emergency meeting between Ronald Koeman and the club’s doctors this afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva in search of solutions for the injuries in the Barcelona camp.

According to AS, Ronald Koeman has decided to take the bull by the horns after verifying that his desire to recover the injured players is not only failing to meet the deadlines, but more casualties have been added in recent days. In fact, among the latest events, the news that Pedri will be out for another three weeks, as well as the injury of Frenkie de Jong, whom he will not be able to count on for the next two games due to a muscle injury. All these events have forced the Dutch coach to take action on the matter, summoning the doctors of the first team to an emergency meeting this afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva.

At this meeting, the two doctors from the first team, Lluis Til and Xavier Yangüas, as well as the head of the physiotherapists, Juanjo Brau, were summoned. Koeman was very concerned about the turn of events, as he believes that one of the reasons why the team does not raise its head or show its true level is because it has many players on the sidelines. In fact, since the start of the season there has not yet been a day that the coach has been able to count on all the players in the squad.

But what worried Koeman most were the delays in recoveries, especially in the most pressing cases. And it happened last season with Ansu Fati, Coutinho, Sergi Roberto and Araújo, where some forecasts were longer than double what was expected, with the added inconvenience in the planning of the season. And, this season, it has happened again with Pedri, a player who will not be able to play until after the international break in November, that is, practically two months without the star young midfielder, when the doctors had planned between two to three weeks of absence.

Koeman urged the medical services to find solutions and optimize their resources to avoid so many imbalances in recoveries, as well as to improve in terms of prevention.

It remains to be seen if this meeting manages to unify criteria and allow the Dutch coach to use his resources in the best possible way. For now, facing the game against Rayo on Wednesday, he does not have any of the injured players back and will travel to Vallecas with a last-minute loss, that of the Dutchman Frenkie de Jong, to which there has been an addition of two more players who arrive with discomforts, Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba. He also continues without being able to count on Ousmane Dembélé (who is expected for the weekend against Alavés), Pedri, Araújo and Braithwaite.