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Barcelona boss Xavi ‘SACKS two physios hired by Ronald Koeman’ as he looks to fix injury crisis

Xavi ‘SACKS two Barcelona physios hired by Ronald Koeman’ in one of his first decisions as club’s new boss, as he urgently looks to appoint his own staff to fix the club’s ongoing injury crisis

  • Xavi has reportedly sacked two physios in his first few days as Barcelona boss
  • Former midfielder told Juanjo Brau and Albert Roca they were no longer needed
  • The duo were brought to the Nou Camp by Xavi’s predecessor Ronald Koeman
  • Xavi is looking to fix Barcelona’s ongoing injury crisis as one of his first jobs
  • Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia and Nico Gonzalez are all out injured for Barcelona currently


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Xavi has wasted no time in making significant changes at Barcelona after he reportedly sacked two members of club’s physio department in one of his first decisions as the new manager.

The legendary midfielder was finally appointed as Barcelona’s new boss at the weekend before being officially unveiled to 10,000 supporters at the Nou Camp on Monday.

However, all is not well at the Catalan club with their ongoing injury crisis causing rifts between players and staff behind the scenes, while the team lag well behind their title rivals in LaLiga.

Barcelona's physical trainer Albert Roca has reportedly been relieved of his duties

Barcelona's physical trainer Albert Roca has reportedly been relieved of his duties

Physio Juanjo Brau has also been sacked, according to reports in Spain

Physio Juanjo Brau has also been sacked, according to reports in Spain

Xavi reportedly told physical trainer Juanjo Brau (right) and physio Albert Roca (left) – who were both brought to the club by Ronald Koeman – that they were no longer needed

It has been reported that players are getting fed up with the alarming amount of injuries and are beginning to point the blame for the growing list of injuries on the club’s fitness coaches, believing their problems began in pre-season and have continued since.

And in the time since his appointment, Xavi has got wind of these heated arguments and has decided to take action – 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 AS.

The report goes on to claim that Xavi will bring Jaume Munill and Ricard Pruna back to the club to help solve the club’s ongoing injury crisis, given how the pair have previously worked at the Nou Camp.

Xavi has already discussed the issue with sporting director Mateu Alemany and has even talked about making personnel changes in the physio department in an attempt to get the club back on track. 

Recent reports claimed that Barcelona players had grown frustrated with the club's physios

Recent reports claimed that Barcelona players had grown frustrated with the club's physios

Recent reports claimed that Barcelona players had grown frustrated with the club’s physios

Ansu Fati was forced off during the 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo with a hamstring injury

Ansu Fati was forced off during the 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo with a hamstring injury

Ansu Fati was forced off during the 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo with a hamstring injury

Ousmane Dembele has yet again been ruled out of action with a muscular problem

Ousmane Dembele has yet again been ruled out of action with a muscular problem

Ousmane Dembele has yet again been ruled out of action with a muscular problem

Pruna worked for Barca for 25 years but left the club in September 2020 and now works in Dubai. 

Alemany, meanwhile, is said to be concerned about injuries being wrongly diagnosed as well as players not recovering properly from issues and suffering relapses.  

The most common problem afflicting the squad right now is muscle injuries, which have sidelined Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Nico Gonzalez, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia and Ansu Fati.

Fati, Garcia and Nico were all forced off during the infuriating 3-3 draw away to Celta Vigo, where the Catalans let a three-goal lead at half-time slip.

The triple injury blow came hot on the heels of Dembele yet again being ruled out of action with a muscular problem and swelled the list of Barcelona players currently unavailable to 11.

Stand-in goalkeeper Neto is ill with the flu while Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for three months with a heart problem after struggling to breathe in his last match against Alaves.

Danish striker Martin Braithwaite is recovering from a knee operation while US right back Sergino Dest is suffering from lower back pain. 

Sergio Aguero is out with a heart issue but most of the injured players have muscle problems

Sergio Aguero is out with a heart issue but most of the injured players have muscle problems

Sergio Aguero is out with a heart issue but most of the injured players have muscle problems


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