Barcelona has revealed Adriano is going to be out of action for around 10 days after the Brazilian full-back suffered a muscle injury in his hamstring during a training session . The versatile defender is therefore expected to miss two crucial upcoming games; against Real Madrid on Saturday (2 April), and the Champions League quarter-final first leg with Atletico Madrid three days later.
An inopportune blow ahead of a crucial week for the Catalans, the news is not expected to disrupt Luis Enrique's plans, as the Brazilian was not expected to be in the starting line-up anyway. A valued back-up member for the Barcelona squad in recent years – due to versatility in playing both flanks of the defence – nevertheless, the likes of Jordi Alba and Dani Alves are ahead of Adriano in the manager's pecking order.
Alba sparked doubts over his participation in El Clasico after suffering a problem in his ankle during international duty. Yet, both Mundo Deportivo and Sport reports that the Barcelona left-back will be ready to host Real Madrid on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets had provided a boost to the Barcelona manager earlier in the week after resuming training on Monday 28 March, despite being unable to play with their national teams during the international break.
This way, Luis Enrique hopes to have most of his players available for the games against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid although the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano are still on international duty. Meanwhile, Neymar, Claudio Bravo, Rafinha Alcântara's, Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra, Alba himself and Munir El Haddadi are already back in Barcelona.
The first-team players available have paid respects to Johan Cruyff with a minute's silence before the Tuesday training session, and have also been to Camp Nou to visit the memorial of the club legend.