Xavi has wasted no time in making big changes at Barcelona, apparently dismissing two employees of the club’s physiotherapy department in one of his first acts as manager.
At the weekend, the iconic midfielder was officially revealed as Barcelona’s next manager in front of 10,000 fans at the Nou Camp.
However, the Catalan club’s injury crisis is generating rifts amongst players and staff behind the scenes.
Players have been claimed to be fed up with the worrying number of injuries and to be blaming the club’s fitness trainers for the rising list of injuries, thinking their troubles began in pre-season and have persisted since.
And, according to AS, Xavi has learned of the heated debates since his appointment and has chosen to intervene, telling physio Juanjo Brau and physical trainer Albert Roca, who arrived with Ronald Koeman, that they are no longer needed at the club.
According to the rumor, Xavi will bring back Jaume Munill and Ricard Pruna to aid with the club’s chronic injury crisis.
Xavi has previously discussed the problem with Mateu Alemany, the club’s sporting director, and has even considered personnel changes in the physio department in a bid to get the club back on track.
Pruna worked for Barcelona for 25 years before leaving in September 2020 to pursue a career in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Alemany is claimed to be concerned about injuries that are misdiagnosed, as well as players who do not recover correctly and experience relapses.
Muscle injuries have kept Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Nico Gonzalez, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, and Ansu Fati out of the squad.
Fati, Garcia, and Nico were all sent out in the Catalans’ frustrating 3-3 draw away to Celta Vigo, in which they blew a three-goal lead at halftime.
The triple injury setback comes just days after Dembele was ruled out for the second time with a muscular problem, bringing the total number of Barcelona players now unavailable to 11.
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for three months with a heart problem after struggling to breathe in his last match against Alaves. Stand-in goalkeeper Neto is ill with the flu.
Martin Braithwaite of Denmark is recovering from knee surgery, while Sergino Dest of the United States is suffering from lower back problems.