BARCELONA – Gerard Piqué left the Camp Nou turf on Wednesday elated by Barcelona’s comeback over Sevilla FC, but seriously injured.
The blow he suffered during overtime turned on the alarm lights and at the end of the crash he underwent some first medical examinations that, followed by those of this Thursday morning, confirmed, according to the club’s statement, that he suffers a sprain in the lateral ligament of the right knee. Although, as is customary, the usual “evolution will mark availability” was announced, the estimated withdrawal period for the plant should not be less than two weeks.
In this way the presence of the Catalan central defender, transcendental in the victory against Sevilla by scoring a goal in the last gasp that led the tie to extra time, in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Paris Saint- Germain, which will be held on March 10 at the Parc des Princes, is completely ruled out from the outset … Although considering Piqué’s character, leaving his absence in Paris fully resolved may be considered hasty.
The player’s injury has nothing to do with the one he suffered in November 2020 and that kept him away from the pitch for three months, shortening the deadlines originally set, but the club does not want to take risks with this. annoyance, much less serious, and the medical services are favorable for him to carry out an adequate recovery to be able to reappear the first week of April, after the national team break, in the clash between Barça and Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou , prior to the Clásico, perhaps decisive, that the Barça team will have to play against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu on April 11.
In this way, Piqué would miss the League matches against Osasuna, Huesca and Real Sociedad, as well as the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against PSG. If the Barça team gave the big bell in the Parque de los Príncipes and eliminated Pochettino’s men, the center-back would be ready to play the first leg of the quarterfinals, set for April 6 and 7.
The loss of Piqué places in the plane, urgently, the figure of Ronald Araújo, who was injured last Saturday at the Sánchez Pizjuán and, being out of the Cup match on Wednesday, could be ready to be taken into account by Koeman ahead of Saturday’s clash in Pamplona, where, for now, he counts for the central position with Lenglet, Umtiti and Mingueza.