Alena returns after nearly four-month absence: loan move pending?
- The 21-year-old has only made two competitive appearances for Barca this season.
- His first game arrived against Athletic Bilbao in August, over 100 days ago.
- However, the midfielder could feature against Inter this week as Barca have already qualified for the UCL knock-out stages.
Carles Alena made his only second appearance of the season against Mallorca. He completed 18 minutes. Before Saturday, he hadn't played for 114 days and nearly four months.
Alena's last competitive game for Barcelona was the La Liga opening fixture against Athletic Bilbao on August 16. The 21-year-old started the game but was replaced after the overall disappointing first half.
Since the Bilbao game, Alena was rarely included in the matchday squad lists. However, he may play next week against Inter in the Champions League as the Catalans have already secured the qualification.
Alena confirmed he wasn't much happy recently after the Mallorca game: "The last months have been complicated for me. That's why it is possible that I will look for a loan move in the winter transfer market. The decision on my future will be totally mine. I have a great relationship with Bartomeu and Abidal and they will surely let me choose what is best for me".
Miss Alena in action? Check out his highlights from La Masia: