Barça maintains its intention to play the game against him this Sunday Baxi Manresa at the Palau (5:00 p.m.) to prevent postponed matches from accumulating on the calendar after the one that had to play today in the Euroleague on the track of the CSKA Moscow. The azulgrana team was left with only seven players –Mirotic, Sanli, Jokubaitis, Hayes, Ubal, Nnaji and Villar-, but he hopes to recover troops from training this afternoon.
The two players who are most optimistic and who are expected to already have are those who had been left out for reasons not related to Covid-19: Rolands smits Y Cory Higgins. The Latvian power forward suffered a catarrhal process that the tests did not relate to the coronavirus and today he would have to return to group dynamics. For its part, Higgins, who suffered from his back, will complete part of the session with the team and another individually but it is expected to have him, even if only with a reduced playing time.
The greatest uncertainty is in the positives. There is hope that Pierre Oriola, infected on December 23, and Kyle kuric, positive on the 28th, give, finally negative, because they are in good condition and have already exceeded seven days of quarantine. It was also tested positive on 28 Nick calathes, although the Greek’s contest is more doubtful even though it is negative as he has just come out of his injury. For its part, Brandon Davies, Nico Laprovittola and also Saras jasikevicius They meet today the seventh day and could arrive.
Infected players who have not yet completed the period are Sergi Martínez, Dante Exum and the homegrown players Michael Caicedo Y Gael bonilla, since all of them have tested positive this week. The ACB establishes that there must be a minimum of nine players available to compete, although the club is inclined to adhere to the flexibility of the protocols, which allow contemplating the call with players from the lower categories, to play on Sunday.
The competition allows players with a token to participate inferior categories and with less than 22 years without the need to make any registration, a requirement that they meet Agustin Ubal -which has already debuted in ACB-, James nnaji Y Rafa Villar.
To date, apart from the Manresa match, Barça has four more pending matches, those of ACB at home against Joventut and Andorra plus the Clásico at the WiZink Center and the Euroleague on the CSKA court. None has a date and there is no forecast that one will be played next week, since Jasikevicius’s team has a double Euroleague matchday at home against Armani Milan and Anadolu Efes plus Sunday’s clash of ACB in the field of Valencia.