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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—After firing head coach Ronald Koeman due to the team’s struggles, FC Barcelona suffered another setback as two of its key players will not play for some of their games due to injuries.
Sources said Barcelona defender Sergino Dest and winger Ousmane Dembele will not play for some games due to back and hamstring injuries respectively.
Last October 27, Barcelona president Joan Laporta let go of Koeman due to the slow start of the team in the 2021 professional soccer season.
Under Koeman, Barca only scored 15 points from 10 games in La Liga and has already lost twice in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.
They are ninth in the table, six points adrift of the joint leaders after losing at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.
The loss was Barca’s third in their past four games and it followed defeat by Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.
Recently, Barca signed teen soccer star Ansu Fati to a new contract until 2027.
Sources said the contract has a release clause of €1 billion ($1.16 billion) for the 18-year-old forward.
Fati is seen as key to the club’s future in the post-Messi era and has even inherited the No. 10 shirt previously worn by the Argentina star.
Sources also revealed that the player’s new deal will include a staggering salary which increases each season. The release clause in the contract, meanwhile, has risen to a club-record €1bn, matching the figure included in the terms signed by young midfielder Pedri recently.
Ansu’s previous contract — which was negotiated by his ex-agent, Rodrigo Messi — included an option to extend by two years, but there was confusion over whether Barca would be able to execute it unilaterally.
On October 17, Barcelona rallied and beat the visiting Valencia 3-1 at Camp Nou, Barcelona.
Fati, Memphis Depay, and Philippe Coutinho provided the winning goals for Barcelona who is currently struggling with the departure of Messi.
Last month, Last week, Cadiz made headlines after they held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw at the Nuevo Mirandilla.
Coming into this game, Barcelona was expected to win over Cadiz but their opponent showed them that they are not a pushover team.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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