Frenkie de Jong and Jules Kounde are set to return from injury in time for Barcelona’s clash with Real Madrid.
Both players have been unavailable for the Spanish side’s last two matches after picking up injuries during the international break.
De Jong was subbed off at half-time in the Netherlands’ match with Belgium with a hamstring issue and promptly returned to his club to receive treatment.
Kounde meanwhile also picked up a hamstring injury playing for France, and it was initially feared that he had torn it, thus ruling himself out for a long time.
However, it turned out that the issue wasn’t that serious, and reports from Spain now state that he should be fit to return for the match with Real Madrid next weekend, although he will still miss the games against Celta Vigo and Inter.
The same can’t be said for De Jong, who has been included in the squad list for the match aginst Celta and therefore seems to have fully recovered from his injury already.
That’s a big boost for Xavi and co. who are in desperately need to beat Inter after losing to both the Italian side and Bayern Munich in their Champions League group.
Sergio Busquets struggled at San Siro, so it’s highly possible that the Dutchman will replace the Spaniard at the base of the Barcelona midfield on Wednesday evening.
With Kounde still out along with Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen, it’s also possible that he’ll play in defence.
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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