📸 Barcelona's attacking trio against Real Betis looks very worrying
Ernesto Valverde must be cursing his luck.
What are the chances of having Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé all out injured at the same time?
If he had known this would happen, perhaps the club wouldn’t have been so quick to dispense with Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Malcom this summer.
He will be without his key trio for a must-win league game on Sunday night against Real Betis at the Camp Nou, where the visitors won last season.
And it comes off the back of a defeat in the champions’ opener at San Mames.
At least there is Antoine Griezmann though, as the summer arrival adds some bite to what looks to be a threadbare attack.
Catalan outlet Sport report that he is set to get the nod through the middle, flanked on either side by Rafinha and Carles Pérez.
It is hardly an attack which inspires you with the greatest confidence when you know you have to pick up your first points of the season.
A testament to how low on options Valverde is, 16-year-old starlet Ansu Fati has been the big surprise name in the matchday squad.
That said, it was surprising to see Carles Aleñá omitted, given the Blaugrana’s injury issues.