Gerard Pique limped out of Barcelona’s 1-Zero defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, leaving the membership involved he may very well be out of motion for as much as 4-6 months.
The defender has already undergone an preliminary examination by the membership’s medical workers who’re involved Pique has suffered “a severe harm in the correct knee that might entail between 4 and 6 months of absence,” in line with Sport.
Pique was presupposed to return to Barca after the sport however will now keep within the Spanish capital. The membership imagine the best-case state of affairs would see Pique sidelined for 2-Three months however concern he might have surgical procedure which might see the 33-year-old dominated out for 4-6 months.
The defender’s harm will likely be an enormous blow given he is an important presence within the backline and has been ever-present in Ronald Koeman’s protection in La Liga to date in 2020-21.
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Who Can Substitute Pique?
The Barca boss can be wanting choices with regards to changing Pique. Ronald Araujo is the obvious alternative, however the Uruguay worldwide can be on the membership’s injured record presently.
Araujo picked up a thigh drawback in Barca’s Champions League win over Juventus in October and has not but returned to motion. Samuel Umtiti can be nonetheless out with a knee drawback, though the Frenchman has been coaching with the primary workforce.
The accidents imply Clement Lenglet is the membership’s solely senior match center-back presently, whereas midfielder Frenkie de Jong could also be requested to drop again into the protection to assist out.
The Netherlands worldwide is aware of the function properly from his time with Ajax and the Netherlands nationwide workforce and has already been pressured to deputize in central protection this season.
Koeman may additionally look to Barcelona B for defensive choices. Oscar Mingueza is an choice, and was named within the squad for the journey to Atletico, however the 21-year-old lacks top-level expertise has not but made his debut for the primary workforce.
Barca Accidents Piling Up
Pique is the newest Barcelona participant to select up an issue however joins a rising harm record on the Camp Nou. Sergi Roberto additionally suffered an harm towards Atletico and may additionally be set for a spell on the sidelines.
They may each bear additional testing to find out the precise extent of their accidents. pic.twitter.com/IELcU9YvgA
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 21, 2020
Midfielder Sergio Busquets missed Saturday’s sport after struggling a knee harm on worldwide responsibility with Spain, whereas teenage ahead Ansu Fati has been dominated out for 4 months after present process knee surgical procedure.
The accidents imply Koeman will likely be pressured to shuffle his pack and use a few of his gamers who’ve barely had a look-in to date. Sergino Dest may come into the backline to switch Roberto at right-back, whereas Carles Alena and Riqui Puig are choices in midfield if De Jong drops again into the protection.
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