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La Liga | Gameweek 36
May 16, 2024 at 8.30pm UK
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Gundogan, De Jong - Barcelona injury and suspension news for Almeria clash

Sports Mole rounds up all of Barcelona's latest injury and suspension news ahead of Thursday's La Liga clash with Almeria.

Now back in control of the race for second place, Barcelona head to already-relegated Almeria for Thursday's La Liga encounter.

Xavi's side made an immediate return to winning ways by seeing off Real Sociedad 2-0 on Monday, where Lamine Yamal and Raphinha were on target in Catalonia.

Consequently, La Blaugrana have established a one-point lead over Girona in the runners-up spot in the table and now pit their wits against by far and away the worst side in the Spanish top flight this season.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up Barcelona's latest injury and suspension news ahead of the clash with Almeria, who have amassed just 17 points in 2023-24 and will be playing Segunda Division football next year.


Spain's Gavi reacts after sustaining an injury on November 19, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Knee
Possible return date: Unknown

Teenage starlet Gavi is still on the mend from the severe knee injury he picked up while representing Spain in November, and the 19-year-old's issue has already ruled him out of the rest of the season and Euro 2024.

Alejandro Balde

Barcelona's Alejandro Balde on March 2, 2023© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Hamstring
Possible return date: Unknown

Similarly, Alejandro Balde is not expected to play again this term owing to the hamstring injury he picked up in January, which required an operation, and he is also targeting a return in pre-season.

Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong receives medical attention after sustaining an injury on April 21, 2024© Reuters

Status: Out
Type of injury: Ankle
Possible return date: Unknown

Frenkie de Jong is on the mend from the ankle issue he sustained in El Clasico in April, and he completes the three-strong list of Barcelona players who will not play again this season.


Ilkay Gundogan

Barcelona's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates scoring against Alaves on February 3, 2024© Reuters

Return date: May 19 (vs. Rayo Vallecano)

Ilkay Gundogan was booked for the fifth time this season in Monday's success over Sociedad, meaning that the German midfielder must serve a one-match suspension on Thursday.

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