Barcelona loses Nico, Braithwaite because of health issues


Levante’s Ruben Vezo fights for the ball with Barcelona’s Nico Gonzalez, still left, for the duration of a Spanish La Liga soccer match involving Levante and Barcelona at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, April 10, 2022. (AP Picture/Alberto Saiz)


Barcelona midfielder Nico González and ahead Martin Braithwaite have been sidelined because of overall health concerns, the Spanish club mentioned Friday.

Nico fractured a toe on his left foot in practice, while Braithwaite tested positive for COVID-19. The club did not say how long they are envisioned to be out.

Barcelona has only five game titles remaining in the year. Then group is combating for second location in the Spanish league guiding Genuine Madrid, which is a stage absent from clinching the title.

Barcelona hosts relegation-threatened Mallorca on Sunday at Camp Nou. It has lost a few in a row at household in all competitions, anything that experienced never ever occurred prior to in the exact season.

The Catalan club not long ago also misplaced American defender Sergiño Dest and playmaker Pedri González mainly because of injuries.

The club also manufactured formal the contract extension of Uruguay central defender Ronald Araújo, who will continue to be until finally 2026. It had introduced an agreement with the player on Tuesday.

The 23-yr-aged Araújo has scored 6 objectives in 78 appearances with Barcelona.

“I in no way doubted that I would keep and I hope to be right here for a lot of far more yrs,” he reported. “We reached an settlement in two meetings. We needed to do our section to assistance with the circumstance that the club is in correct now.”


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