BARCELONA – Gerard Piqué will be away from the pitch for between four and six months after the tests to which he was subjected this Sunday in Barcelona confirmed that he suffers a grade three sprain in the internal lateral ligament and a partial injury of the cruciate ligament anterior of the right knee.
Adding to the share of bad news, Barcelona also announced a muscle injury to Sergi Roberto, pointing to a two-month loss.
Barcelona announced the injury of Hammered, without venturing into the sick leave period, since the condition of the ligament has yet to be confirmed, which in the worst case, and in an openly feared prognosis, a total tear, would prolong its recovery beyond five months .
The veteran central defender was already explored urgently in Madrid, minutes after being substituted when Correa fell to his knee and left the field crying, and in a first statement the club briefly referred to a sprain, implying that within the alarm , the severity was less than feared, which could have him back in six to eight weeks.
The review this Sunday, much more exhaustive, concluded that the sprain is more serious than expected at first, which would already mean a loss of between eight and ten weeks, and that to this is added a cruciate ligament injury, whose recovery is estimated to be more expensive and lengthy.
Offside, hopefully, until March, Piqué joins the plague of injuries suffered by a Barça especially noted in the center of its defense and that reveals an erroneous planning of the squad in the last summer market, When without having the option to tie up the signing of Eric García, he let Jean-Clai Todibo and Jorge Cuenca go, leaving the position lame given that no one in the club seems to count on the return of Samuel Umtiti.
Today Koeman only has Clement Lenglet and sighs for the recovery of Ronald Araujo, whose return is not expected for ten days, so both in Kiev, on Tuesday, and against Osasuna, the following Sunday, he will have to resort to Frenkie de Jong as an emergency center and, probably, count on Óscar Mingueza, from the subsidiary, for any emergency.
However, the bad news accumulates with the confirmed injury of Sergi Roberto, who suffers a tear in the rectus femoris of the right thigh and will be out for two months, leaving only Sergiño Dest on the right side and without the possibility of entering the rotation of the double pivot, which will remain in the hands of Miralem Pjanic and a companion to be determined, understanding that Sergio Busquets, who suffered a ligament sprain with the selection Outside of his left knee, he will not be in a position to play against Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday and will arrive just to line up against Osasuna.