Barça is considering a signing to cover Higgins’s loss

  • The low back pain of the American forward does not remit and the player will undergo several tests to decide whether to follow a conservative treatment or have surgery

  • The loss of Calathes and Abrines and the demanding calendar aggravates the external problem in Jasikevicius’ team

The incorporation of a temporary reinforcement has become a more than real possibility for those responsible for the Barça basketball in the absence of improvement of Cory Higgins, suffering from low back pain that has kept him away from the team for three weeks. The pain sensations have not disappeared, on the contrary, and also extend through the nerve branches of the leg. The American escort will undergo several medical tests this week before making the decision to maintain a conservative treatment, which will prevent having a real forecast about his return to the courts, or going under the knife.

The situation of Higgins, In either case, it further complicates the picture of the Barça, tto be confirmed this past Friday that Nick Calathes will be on leave for a period of six weeks because of a fibula fracture and that the return of Alex Abrines to the team, after his knee intervention, it will not take place until the end of January, very shortly before the Copa del Rey (February 17 to 20 in Granada).

The three casualties are from outside positions in a squad that this season has reduced two senior chips compared to last year and are especially worrying in a more than demanding schedule in the next month and a half, with two games against him. Anadolu Efes (next Friday’s rival in the Euroleague), two against the Madrid, CSKA o Armani Milan in European competition and meeting in front of Tenerife, Valencia and Gran Canaria in the Endesa League, all of them are rivals fighting for the top of the table.

The role of youth

The absence of Calathes is the least worrisome for him Barça, since the position seems well covered by the presence of Nicolás Laprovittola and Rokas Jokubaitis, increasingly integrated into the schemes of Jasikevicius. But the absence of Higgins and Abrines leaves as the only alternative in the escort position to Kyle Kuric, regardless of Laprovittola having served in that position at some point.

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Jasikevicius is giving prominence to the young players of the squad, regardless of Sergi Martinez, already with the first team card. So much Michael Caicedo as Agustín Ubal they train regularly with the first team and others like Rafa Villar and Jams Nnaji They even had the opportunity to debut this past week in the Euroleague. But the club believes that the young homegrown players must continue their growth process and not take on more responsibility than they are at this stage.

In that scenario, the Barça It is already studying the different market options, although with a double complication: the club’s economic situation, which has room to make a small effort, although without going crazy, that is, the club will hardly enter into an operation that needs a transfer; and, on the other hand, the difficulty of finding a level player who is free on the market at the moment.

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