With the FIFA World Cup 2022 coming to an end on Sunday, the focus will shift back to club football. And Barcelona will resume their pursuit of the La Liga title on December 31 when they play hosts to local rivals RCD Espanyol.
Heading into the match on New Year’s Eve, Barcelona have received a double injury boost as midfield duo Franck Kessie and Pablo Torre have been granted a medical discharge as confirmed by the club’s official social media channels.
Kessie had picked up a thigh injury during Barcelona’s final UEFA Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen in November. The midfielder, who turned 26 today, has been working on his recovery since then, with Ivory Coast not qualifying for the World Cup.
The former AC Milan ace had returned to group training last week itself and the Blaugrana have now officially confirmed that he has been given the green light by the medical department.
Torre had also injured himself in the same game as Kessie. Having scored his first goal for the Blaugrana, the 19-year-old had to be taken off. While he recovered swiftly, the youngster hurt his ankle in late November
The ankle injury meant that Torre was unable to feature for Barcelona’s Atletic side during the World Cup break which would have given him some much-needed minutes under his belt.
However, he has been eased back into training over the last week and has now been medically cleared to return to action.
The 19-year-old’s game-time has been very limited this season, due to which speculations of a loan exit in January have been doing the rounds. However, Torre does not intend to leave Barcelona midway through the campaign and will hope to feature more prominently under Xavi.