BARCELONA – Pedri González is turning his second season as a Barça player into a real ordeal. Hurt since he suffered a tear in the quadriceps of his left leg on September 14 against Bayern Munich, the Canarian player advanced his recovery and reappeared in Lisbon, against Benfica, on September 29 …
And that misunderstood urgency caused a relapse from which it was estimated that he would be recovered by mid-November. 10 days ago they trusted his set-up for the derby, on Thursday his presence against Espanyol was ruled out … And this Friday the worst expectations were confirmed: the footballer has suffered a relapse that will keep him low, ESPN Deportes confirmed from various sources, for a month.
The loss of Pedri is added to those of Ansu Fati, Braithwaite, Agüero and Dembélé, out of the derby for sure and also from the game against Benfica, and the more than likely Sergiño Dest and Sergi Roberto, who will spend the same Saturday a definitive test to see if they are fit, just like Gerard Piqué. The only ones who will be in a position to reappear safely Nico González, and Èric García, already recovered in addition to Neto.
The setback for Xavi is not minor because he will not be able to count, in the best of cases, with Pedri’s contest during his first seven games, five in the League and the last two in the group stage of the Champions League.
In the best of cases, the young midfielder could reappear on December 21 at the Sánchez Pizjuán to play the match corresponding to the fourth day of the League, which was postponed at the time. If not, or if it is considered too risky, it would not return to the fields until the year 2022, since the season will then take the Christmas break.
Although the official discourse maintains that Pedri’s recurring annoyances this season have nothing to do with his little rest during the summer (just one week), reality shows that the physical effort made by the player last season is taking bill.
Lined up in 52 games by Ronald Koeman in Barcelona, the player finished the course with the Barça club and immediately joined the Spanish team to play the Eurocup, with which he reached the semifinals, to then join the selection Olympian who participated in the Tokyo Games and reached the final (which she lost to Brazil).
Pedri played a total of 72 games between September 2020 and August 2021, taking only one week of vacation to immediately join the Barça discipline to start the season, playing as a starter the first game, which he completed against Real Sociedad .
Also a starter against Athletic on the second date, some discomfort caused him to be given rest against Getafe and to return to the team in the Champions League debut, fatal, against Bayern Munich, when he suffered the injury and barely let him play against Benfica to relapse again and carry out a recovery that, it turned out, was not the most adequate.
In Thursday’s session, Pedri forced himself in order to see his real state in maximum physical demand, noticing some discomfort in the quadriceps itself that showed, after being subjected to new medical tests, that the injury still does not recover and that caution is imposed maximum to avoid further relapses after a terrible start to the season for the young footballer.