Koeman counting on Sergi Roberto return on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao

The right back slash midfielder has been out for a while but he shall return soon

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Ronald Koeman appeared this Tuesday at his press conference before the match on Wednesday Jan 27 against Rayo Vallecano in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. When asked about Sergi Roberto, who, despite the fact that he is training with the group, does not yet have his medical discharge, Koeman says there are a couple of training sessions left but he's expecting him to be ready to face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday in La Liga

The Dutch coach explained: "What he lacks is a couple more training sessions. He has trained with the group for only two sessions, and they are also very short training sessions due to the schedule of the games we have. This Friday we will have one more training session. (That's) strong enough to draw conclusions. If he passes it without problems, there is a great possibility that he will be here for Sunday's game. "

The versatile Barcelona player was injured at the Wanda on November 21, where Barca lost against the La Liga leaders, Atlético de Madrid. He was diagnosed with two months of absence and, at the moment, he is meeting the expected deadlines.

Koeman could use him, either to play at right back, where after Sergiño Dest's injury Mingueza has had to be used, or for the pivot. Sergio Busquets will not be able to be in Sunday's game due to the accumulation of five yellow cards and, one of the possibilities to replace him is Roberto.

This season started very well for the Reus-born midfielder who, except in the Clasico, played practically every minute of the first eight league games. He scored a goal on matchday four against Celta and laid on two assists in the Barça club's victory against Betis (5-2).

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