That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who report that the Catalan will equal his record for the most minutes played in a season if he features for the entire 90 against Villarreal on Sunday evening.
Busquets played 4,420 minutes under Luis Enrique in the 2015/16 season, when he was 26. Now he’s 33 and playing under Xavi Hernandez, his trusted partner in midfield for so many years.
Barcelona need to find a substitute for him to give him respite, but the truth is that it’s difficult to find a player of his profile. Franck Kessie will join from Milan this summer but he’s different.
Busquets has played in 50 of 52 games across all competitions this season – 35 of 37 in La Liga, six in the Champions League, six in the Europa League, two in the Copa del Rey and one in the Supercopa de Espana. Remarkable numbers for a man of his age.