The three options Ernesto Valverde’s weighing up to replace Arthur


The absence of the injured Arthur Milo for the next month is a problem for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde. The Brazilian’s turned into a key piece of the side’s midfield and the Catalans must now adjust to life without him.

Athletic Bilbao VS Barcelona

On Sunday they have a tough trip to San Mames to face Athletic Bilbao . Ernesto Valverde says he has options to replace Arthur Milo but that no one in the squad is quite like him.

Arthur Milo

« We lose a player that gives us control of the amusement, but unexpected injuries happen, » Valverde said in a press conference on Saturday.

« He also had a problem in December. We have options. There’s no one exactly like him, but we have Carles Aleña, Vidal, Coutinho, players from the B team… We will see what we do depending on the game we’re playing. »

Ernesto valverde and Rakitic

The manager was also asked about Rakitic’s accumulation of minutes this season. The Croatian was taken off in midweek, however, against Real Madrid.

« In some cases it is anything but a change in light of the fact that a player is doing gravely, but because you want something different based on how the game is going, » Valverde said.

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