Key Barcelona Defender Banned for Sevilla Clash After Red Card

Clement Lenglet

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Barcelona will have to cope without center-back Clement Lenglet for Sunday’s tricky La Liga clash against Sevilla after he was sent off against Celta Vigo.

The France international was handed his marching orders just before half-time after picking up his second yellow card of the match.

Lenglet will now be automatically banned for Barcelona’s next match against his former side which will be a big blow to manager Ronald Koeman who lacks options at center-back.

The Frenchman and Gerard Pique are Barcelona’s first-choice options in the heart of the defence, but Koeman will have to make a change to his team. Ronald Araujo is the most likely option to replace Lenglet in the starting XI.

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Controversy at Celta

Lenglet’s sending off came after Pique had also seen red for pulling back Iago Aspas when he was through on goal. Fortunately for Barcelona the sending off was cancelled as Aspas had been offside.

Yet Lenglet had no such luck. His first booking came after he fouled Gabriel Veiga just outside the penalty area, and his second was awarded after he tangled with Denis Suárez.

The referee’s decision came under the spotlight:

Pique, captain Lionel Messi and manager Koeman were captured in deep discussions with the referee at half-time, no doubt making their frustrations at the decision quite plain.


Barcelona Short of Defenders

Koeman sent on Araujo after Lenglet’s sending off to bolster the backline, and the 21-year-old is likely to keep his place in the team for the visit of Sevilla.

Barcelona don’t have too many other defensive options currently. Koeman omitted both Samuel Umtiti and Jean-Clair Todibo from his squad for the trip to Celta, and it’s unclear if either player is in his plans for the future.

Barcelona B’s Santiago Ramos Mingo was included in the squad for the Celta clash and could come into contention for Sunday’s match. However, the 18-year-old lacks experience and is yet to make his debut for the senior side.

The Catalan giants could also dip into the transfer market. Barca have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and may step up their efforts now.

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