The Culers defeated Sevilla 1-0 on Friday in La Liga. However, Porto vs Barca will come into play on Wednesday, as regards their UEFA Champions League fixtures.
Barcelona are currently leading the La Liga table. Of course, they have been dazzling impressively in the league, despite playing back-to-back matches in all competitions.
Despite offloading some important players during the summer’s transfer window. Xavi Hernández’s men are still flying in the league, having been unbeaten in their last five games.
Barcelona massively destroyed Antwerp 5-0 in their first UCL game. However, Porto vs Barca may come tough and rough for the Bluagranas at Estadio do Dragão on
Unfortunately, the Culers have received bad news ahead of the UEFA Champions League fixture. And it may really affect their display against the Portuguese side.
Of course, the Bluagranas didn’t sign many players during the summer’s transfer window. Which means they don’t have enough reinforcements in the squad.
Raphinha was subbed off after 36 minutes against Sevilla on Friday. The Brazilian attacker sustained an injury, and he won’t be available for Porto vs Barca.
According to several reports, the former Premier League player will be out for a month. He will be on the sidelines as a result of a torn hamstring.
The Brazilian international was literally in tears after coming off. Of course, he has been on fire for the Bluagranas in their previous matches in all competitions.
However, it’s bad news that he won’t be available for the UCL clash. And that may weaken Barcelona‘s frontline against the Portuguese side on Wednesday.
Regardless, Raphinha is most likely to be available after the upcoming international break. Which means the player may be in the squad for El Clásico.
On the contrary, Xavi Hernández’s men would have to do without him on Wednesday. Frankly, it’s going to be a tough 90 minutes for the La Liga side at Estadio do Dragão.
Barcelona don’t really have enough options in attack without Raphinha. They can only depend on Ferran Torres and Lamine Yamal to dictate the team’s attack.
Also, Pablo Gavi can easily play as an attacker. As a result, Xavi Hernández would still go with the 4-3-3 formation, so as to be able to control the midfield against Porto.
Obviously, Frenkie De Jong and Pedri González are still on the sidelines. They are all unavailable for Porto vs Barca on Wednesday, including Raphinha.