Barcelona’s quest to continue in the UEFA Europa League will come down to Thursday’s second leg tie against Eintracht Frankfurt and Xavi Hernandez received a big boost this week in the form of Sergino Dest.
Dest is back in the squad for Thursday’s quarterfinal second leg, ending a one-month spell on the sidelines through injury. The U.S. men’s national team fullback hasn’t played since March 17 against Galatasaray, missing the last five matches for Barcelona and the final World Cup Qualifying window with the USMNT.
With Barcelona seeking a Europa League title in Xavi’s first season in charge, the return of Dest is an added boost for the final push of the season.
“He is on the squad list, and definitely has a chance to start,” Xavi said in Wednesday’s press conference. “Same for Memphis [Depay]. It is important that we are starting to get players back, though.
“Dest is an important player for us, for his ability to play on the right and even the left,” Xavi added.
Dest’s versatility has been on display under the former Barcelona legend, featuring as both a left and right back during parts of the season. The 21-year-old has totaled three assists in 27 combined appearances for Barcelona, delivering some of his best moments this season under the longtime Spanish international.
Barcelona is riding a 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions and will be pushing to end its season on a high note. Dest will be eager to get back into the lineup and get back to playing regularly with a busy summer USMNT schedule fastly approaching.
The Catalan club sits four points clear in the La Liga top-four race and has eight league matches remaining this season.
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Author : Larry Henry Jr
Publish date : 2022-04-13 22:50:00
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