Since Arthur Melo landed in Barcelona two years ago, his name has been associated with two slabs: Xavi Hernández and injuries. From day one, he wanted to compare the legendary Blaugrana player in his game, as in some ways his manner of handling the field bore more than one resemblance, especially in the kick and the way he protected the spinning ball. by itself, in a piece that Xavi patented with great success.
These comparisons, which at first generated much enthusiasm in the culé environment, began to be gradually narrowed, mainly because of the irregularity shown in the field. In fact, Ernesto Valverde himself acknowledged earlier this season that he expected a more upright and more ambitious Arthur when looking at the goal. And it seemed that the Brazilian midfielder had listened to his coach, because this course was debuted as top scorer twice: Osasuna (2-2) and Villarreal (2-1).
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However, the player does not just start. This season it looked like it would be the third leg of an invincible midfield with Sergio Busquets and De Jong with great entertainers, but the international remained in trouble because of his irregularities and injuries. His best moment of play came at the end of September, when he chained three games in a row playing the 90 minutes (Villareal, Getafe and Inter), but it was simply a mirage because from then on his appearances began to spread, giving way to players. most experienced. as Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.
The problem is aggravated by injuries, which never left the Brazilian. His first major setback was a broken femoral biceps of his left leg last season, which left him a month off the field, joined by a subsequent pubalgia leading to a dead end.
These pubic discomforts began to turn against him late last year and he still hasn't done well. In fact, at the moment, it is undefined and there are no deadlines for its return, as the intention of the club is to try to permanently eradicate this injury. The problem is that in many cases pubalgia turns out to be chronic and becomes a difficult to resolve injury. The player is following a special plan that can be extended for the next two weeks so that his return to the field is postponed until the beginning of the year.
Jordi Alba e Semedo goes back to training with the group
(EFE) Midfielder Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo resumed training for the second day with the group and were able to receive the medical discharge for the LaLiga Santander match Barcelona will play next Saturday against Real Sociedad in Anoeta.
After beating Inter Milan in the Champions League (1-2) and enjoying a rest day, the Barça team resumed training on Thursday.
He did this with all the players available on the first team and, as always, with Barça B strikers Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati, authors, as well as Barca's two goals at Giuseppe Meazza. The objective of the subsidiary Iñaki Peña was also exercised with the elderly