Barcelona faces an injury crisis parallel to the results crisis after defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were ruled out for a long time with injuries during Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish soccer league.
And a medical report by Barcelona said – today, Sunday – that the veteran center-back Pique, who left the stadium limping and fighting his tears in the second half, suffered a sprain in the inner ligament of the right knee, and a partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament.
The statement did not specify the length of Pique’s absence, but Spanish media reports indicated his absence for a period of between 3 and 5 months.
Right-back Sergi Roberto also suffered a thigh muscle injury, and Barcelona made it clear that he might miss two months.
The two defenders joined the list of absentees along with Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo, leaving coach Ronald Koeman with only 3 options in defense, including Climo Lingley, Jordi Alba and Serginho Dest when visiting Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Barcelona also misses striker Ansu Fati’s efforts during the next four months after undergoing knee surgery this month, while midfielder Sergio Busquets has had a knee problem, but will return to play at the end of the month.
With the goal of Yannick Carrasco, the Atletico player, Barcelona lost for the third time in eight league matches, to fall to tenth place, 9 points behind Atletico and leaders Real Sociedad.