Barcelona‘s failure to beat Celta Vigo in a thrilling 2-2 draw at sbobet 168
Camp Nou on Saturday was compounded by injuries to Samuel Umtiti and captain Andres Iniesta. With just three weeks to go until Barca face Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu, Umtiti in particular faces a race to be fit for December 23. In doubly bad luck for Barca, the French sbobet 168
international pulled up with a hamstring injury to allow Iago Aspas to sprint in behind the Barca defence and tee up Maxi Gomez to hand Celta a share of the points 20 minutes from time. “It was a series of unfortunate incidents in the one move,” lamented Barca boss Ernesto Valverde. “We think it is a tear. He has spoken to the doctors but we will have to see the tests tomorrow to discover the extent of the injury,” added Valverde. “It is a problem to lose an important player like Samuel, who was in great form.” Iniesta also asked to be replaced just five minutes into the second-half. However, Valverde is more optimistic that his absence won’t be a prolonged one. “He asked for the sbobet 168
change,” said Valverde. “We don’t know if it is a significant injury or not because he then continued to play on for a little while longer.” Valverde can afford the luxury of resting his star men for Tuesday’s Champions Leaguevisit of Sporting Lisbon with top spot in Group D already assured. Barca do, though, face a tricky trip to Villarreal next weekend before hosting Deportivo la Coruna ahead of the Clasico. Celta became the first visiting side in La Liga to take anything away from the Camp Nou since Real Madrid a year ago.