The number of players who have been out through injury is a concern.
The 2011-2012 season, the fourth of Pep Guardiola on the bench will be remembered also for the injury epidemic that is ravaging the wardrobe, to the point of concern, determine the calls and the starting lineup. Up to 13 players have suffered any physical accident. Last season at this point, having played 37 official matches, the technician had to dispense with 10 men, but half of them in a very timely and for a meeting. Jeffren (12), Milito (11), Puyol (5), Alves (3) and Adriano (2) were the most time were in the infirmary. Nothing to do, then, with the current season, with three players KO of long duration (Afellay, Villa and Fontàs) and some other injuries chaining. In the three most serious cases, the recovery will take them to miss the season or go with the curtain pulling down. Two for breaks in the anterior cruciate ligament in one knee and one with a broken tibia.
The common dominator this year, anyway. is located in the biceps femoris . Up to 11 players casualties have occurred due to rupture or elongation. Iniesta on three occasions, Adriano in two, while Alexis, Cesc, Abidal, Pique, Pedro and Afellay complete the list. And not a single party. Alexis was the worse off. Real Sociedad for the shock-Barça suffered a break that forced him to extend his eight-week recovery. He missed 11 games long for a newcomer who must learn the automation of the workforce. Another of the most affected by the same diagnosis was Iniesta. On three occasions has had to stop, leaving you without participating in eight games in nine if one takes into account a day in which preferred not to forcing.
Pedro has also suffered his own, especially in the beginning of 2012. In mid-January fell by an elongation, of course, in the femoral biceps of the left leg and when was beginning to come into play, an adductor contracture of the same leg has turned away from a title.
For Pep , many alignments have been a puzzle. In defense had to give a lot of laps because Puyol and Piqué agreed low in four games (the final of the UEFA Super Cup, Villarreal, Sevilla and Granada). Luckily Abidal, Alves, Busquets and Mascherano holding up. On average, the Fuentealbilla has conditioned the team. The real drama has been in attack. No Villa nor Afellay, with Alexis brake for a while and Pedro coming and going, Pep has come to form, no less than 24 different offensive lines in 37 games. (via MD)