MADRID: Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has sustained a critical knee injury, the membership confirmed on Sunday, with the defender anticipated to be out for at the very least two months.
Pique cried as he hobbled off the pitch throughout Barca‘s 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday following a colission with Angel Correa.
“Tests have shown that he has a grade 3 sprain in the internal lateral ligament and partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” mentioned Barcelona in a press release.
The membership additionally confirmed that Sergi Roberto, who can play proper again or central midfield, might be out for two months after tearing a muscle in his thigh.
There was no official estimate for Pique’s return however studies within the Spanish press have urged he could possibly be out for something between two and 6 months.
Pique’s absence leaves Barca with Clement Lenglet as their one match central defender, given Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are additionally out injured.
Frenkie de Jong has sometimes dropped into defence in current weeks however the state of affairs is way from very best for Ronald Koeman, whose aspect slipped to their third league loss of the season in opposition to Atletico.
Barca sit tenth in La Liga however have fared higher within the Champions League, sitting prime of Group G with 9 factors out of 9 forward of Tuesday’s recreation away at Dynamo Kiev.