Douglas ‘wants to face Barca’

Sporting Gijon full-back Douglas is confident of being fit in time to face his parent club Barcelona on Saturday.

The Brazilian picked up a bizarre gluteal injury as the result of sleeping awkwardly on the team bus following their defeat at Celta Vigo on Wednesday night, but he is hopeful that he will be back ion time to take on Luis Enrique’s side at El Molinon.

“Douglas had trained the day before really well, he is very professional,” Sporting’s fitness trainer Gerardo Ruiz confirmed to Cadena Ser.

“He had just slept awkwardly on the bus as he was lying in a bad position – he woke up the next day with a pain in his hip and gluteus and was unable to train.

“He received treatment and now he is fine.”

Douglas, who has made just one appearance since his season-long loan to Sporting, confirmed himself on the club’s website that he was available.

“I’m physically well and available for selection, it’s always special to play against Barca,” the full-back confirmed.

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