FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez could not board his team’s flight to the United States due to some “administrative reasons associated with his passport”, the club said on Saturday. It further said that Hernandez will join the rest of the squad in the next few days. Notably, a flight with 28 players and support staff took off from the Catalan capital for Miami for the club’s upcoming assignment in America.
Barcelona is set to play four preseason games against Inter Miami, Juventus, Real Madrid, and New York Bulls in the next few days. For the same, a plane containing 28 players joined by club president Joan Laporta, vice-presidents Rafa Yuste, Elena Fort, Antonio Escudero, and Juli Guiu, secretary Josep Cubells and board members Miquel Camps, Josep Ignasi Macià, Xavier Puig, Àngel Riudalbas, Joan Solé and Joan Soler took off on Saturday.
However, Hernandez could not fly with the squad owing to a passport issue. “Coach Xavi Hernández will not be taking today’s flight for administrative reasons associated with his passport reasons. He is expected to join the rest of the squad in Miami in the next few days,” the Spanish club said in its statement.
The Catalan club will play the four games between July 19 and July 30 before heading back home on July 31. Barcelona will play against Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 19. It will then face fierce rival Madrid in Las Vegas on July 23, before playing Juventus in Dallas on July 26 and the NY Red Bulls in New Jersey on July 30.
The club also announced a 28-member squad for the US tour on Saturday. Sergi Roberto was also included in the squad after getting medical clearance on Saturday morning.
Barcelona squad for US tour: Ter Stegen, Dest, Piqué, R. Araujo, Sergio, O. Dembélé, Pedri, Memphis, Ansu Fati, Nico, Jordi Alba, Ferran, S. Roberto, F. De Jong, Eric, Aubameyang, Gavi, Iñaki Peña, Pjanić, Collado, Kessie, Christensen, Raphinha, Arnau Tenas, Pablo Torre, Balde, Ez Abde and Casadó.