Sunday, January 17

Barcelona’s injury crisis worsens

Barcelona lost Gerard Pique to injury in the 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona’s faltering start to the season was plunged into more chaos.

Sergio Roberto also went down with a thigh problem. Barca have not announced how long Pique will be out of play, but there is talk that for at least eight weeks the 33-year-old center-back may be sidelined. However, they reported that it will take about two months for Sergi Roberto to heal.

Clement Lenglet is the only fit central defender in the Champions League for Tuesday’s Dynamo Kiev clash.Due to other fitness concerns, Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are inaccessible. Ronald Araujo was pulled off at the interval against Juventus last month.

Subsequently, Barca missed a central defender against Alaves, Dynamo, Real Betis and Atletico, and the center-back is still on the sidelines. Samuel Umtiti, who was closely aligned with a summer transfer away from Camp Nou, is yet to be featured this season because of lingering knee issues.

Barca are already missing Sergio Busquets, who, when on international duty with Spain, suffered a knee injury, and Ansu Fati, who recently underwent knee surgery. After picking up a hamstring problem in the first half of the European clash.

With all these injuries for Tuesday’s CL match against Kie, Messi and Frankie De Jong haven’t been included.Ronald Koeman might be giving two of his most important players a rest after their disappointing defeat at Atletico Madrid this past weekend.

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