Xavi Hernandez draws up a plan to replace Lewandowski

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The coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez, is said to have drawn up a plan to replace Robert Lewandowski who, due to injury, will not be ready for El Clasico.

The 35-year-old striker had to be substituted during Barcelona’s 1-0 Champions League win over Porto after he went to the ground following a fierce challenge with David Carmo. Barcelona later issued a medical update saying Lewandowski has sprained his left ankle.

The alarm bells have started to ring at the Catalan club as it is suspected that he could potentially be out for a month meaning the Pole will not be available for the first Clasico of the season which is scheduled to be played on October 28 .

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As reported by the Catalan media, Xavi is already working on a possible solution that could see him change the team’s form and formation.

The manager could use Joao Felix as a number nine and play Ferran Torres on the wings.

Xavi believes that placing Felix in that position would help him have more possession in midfield, which would help the team dictate the tempo of the game.

It has also been said that Xavi could give young sensation Fermin Lopez an opportunity in attack as a direct replacement for Lewandowski. Barcelona play Granada on Sunday, where Xavi may be keen to try different options in attack to find the best possible solution.

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