Gerard Piqué retired, crying, from the Wanda Metropolitano at 62 minutes, after a bad fall by Correa on his right knee left him ostensibly limping and aroused all kinds of alarms around the Barça team.
It will not be until Sunday that the extent of the injury suffered by the Barça central defender is known, who was initially feared that he could suffer a torn ligament in his right knee although, minutes later the Barça club itself, in a first statement, explained that he suffers a sprain, which would be the best of the news.
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Gerard Piqué has a sprained right knee. Pending more tests to know the exact extent of the injury
S. Roberto has a muscle injury in the rectus femoris of the right thigh. Pending more tests to know the exact extent of the injury pic.twitter.com/CrkwAjMDh7
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The sensations when seeing how Piqué’s knee bent under Correa’s body were not the best, and more alarming were the first news before the reactions of top-level athletes such as Pau Gasol or his former teammates Puyol and Mascherano who made us fear the worst .
If it ends up confirming that the injury is limited to a sprain, the period of absence of the center-back would not go beyond five weeks. Although, the situation would also be very worrying for Ronald Koeman, who already warned that Araujo has not yet recovered from his injury.
Piqué will undergo an MRI this Sunday in which the extent of the injury must be confirmed, before which the club wanted to be prudent at first, intuiting that after the first examination the sprain was confirmed … hope that, hopefully, it doesn’t go any further.
Faced with the loss of the veteran central defender, Koeman will have to return to use De Jong in the center of the rear in the next matches, together with Lenglet, and with no other solution than to look at the quarry (Mingueza) after having started the season without power closing the desired signing of Eric García … And leaving the lame position by allowing both the departure of Todibo to Benfica and Jorge Cuenca to Villarreal.
If sports planning has been proven wrong, not to say dire, this is compounded by the team’s bad fortune with injuries. In the Wanda, Piqué was joined by Sergi Roberto, who suffered a muscular mishap that, according to the first estimates, will leave him out of the fields between three and four weeks and that accompanies the one suffered by Ansu Fati and the one still dragged by Araujo or Umtiti .