World Of Football Gets A Rejig With Messi, Alba, Semedo Make A Come Back
Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are now part of the FC Barcelona squad that is going to challenge Real Sociedad on Saturday. The left back Alba didn’t feature after suffering a recurrence of his calf knock against Slavia Prague in the start of November.
Portuguese international and the right back Nelson Semedohad been standing for the injured Alba but he too was ruled out for five weeks 23 minutes after Alba pulled up again.
Return of players
Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto made a ceremonial return to La Liga after remaining out fromBarçathat travelled to Milan midweek and clinched their first ever victory over Inter at the San Siro.
AnsuFati and Carles Perez, the goalscoring heroes of that match were rewarded for their spectacular performance. Also, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena are included in the squad. But keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is expected to replace Neto that made his debut in the Italian fashion capital.
Brazilian midfielder Arthur is still suffering from a pubis problem but a rejuvenated Ivan Rakitic hasn’t got a break even after giving excellent performance. He has yet to start his fifth match in competitions.
He left his family in France at 13 to join the Basque outfit’s academy and started his football career in 2009. Soon he was promoted to La Liga with his impressive track record. But he received a frosty reception in the team. The Spanish press termed his reception as “another test of fire” for the World Cup winner.