Barcelona will be without Sergio Busquets and Gavi in the first team match of 2022 against Real Mallorca on January 2 and it looks like Xavi will not be able to work with Dani Alves.
It was speculated that the Brazilian would make his La Liga debut for Barca at Son Moix after returning with a free deal in November.
However, Mundo Deportivo reports that “the LaLiga player registration period begins on January 3” one day after Barcelona’s trip to Real Mallorca.
All of this means that Alves (and possibly Ferran Torres if he is actually signed in the coming days as rumors say) will have to wait until after January 3 to appear.
The news will also affect Gavi and Nico who are expected to be officially promoted to the first team after breaking out in the big leagues this season.
Both players will have to wait until January 3 to sign for the first team. As mentioned, Gavi has been suspended from the tournament after registering for his fifth campaign in Sevilla.
Barca’s next match after registration day is the third round match of the Copa del Rey against Linares Deportivo on January 5.
The Catalans then moved to Granada in La Liga three days later before heading to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup and semi-finals vs Real Madrid.