Barcelona will look to keep hold of their top spot in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Celta Vigo at Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday night.
Ahead of the game, the Blaugrana have been handed an injury boost as Toni Juanmarti is reporting that Frenkie de Jong is back in full team training and should be available for Sunday’s match unless anything drastic happens.
De Jong was among the international break casualties for Barcelona as the 25-year-old picked up a minor injury while playing for the Netherlands against Poland.
The midfielder’s injury was not serious but he was sent back to the club from the national team camp, from which time he has been on the road to recovery.
De Jong was spotted in training with his teammates earlier this week and it was expected that he would be ready in time for the game against Inter Milan next week.
But, now, Toni Juanmarti is stating that the former AFC Ajax ace trained with the group again today and seems to be fully fit. So, barring any late surprises, the Dutchman is expected to be in the squad list to face Celta on Sunday.
De Jong’s return comes as a timely boost for Xavi Hernandez, as he recently lost Franck Kessie to an injury as well. With Sergio Busquets needing rest ahead of crucial matches against Inter and Real Madrid, the return of the Dutch star will give the manager an extra option.
At the same time, the former Ajax ace, who was linked with Manchester United during the summer, could also be an option at centre-back for Xavi, having played in the position in pre-season this past summer.
Barcelona are currently ahead of Real Madrid on the league table thanks to a better goal difference. With Los Blancos playing Getafe on Saturday, they could usurp the top spot and the Blaugrana will need to pick up a win against Celta to go into El Clasico next week as leaders.