Barcelona has been hit with an unfortunate blow as their young midfield sensation, Pedri, faces a setback due to a thigh injury. The injury occurred during a routine training session on Thursday morning, disrupting the team’s preparations.
Pedri, the talented 20-year-old midfielder, has been a prominent figure for Barcelona in the current La Liga season. Having played a pivotal role in both of the team’s La Liga matches, he even found the back of the net in their recent 2-0 victory over Cadiz.
Unfortunately, Pedri’s active participation is now uncertain, with his absence projected until October. Barcelona’s official statement revealed that the young Spain international has sustained a “right quadriceps injury,” indicating the severity of the issue.
The official statement released by FC Barcelona stated, “FC Barcelona first-team player Pedri has sustained a right quadriceps injury. He is unavailable for selection, and his recovery will determine his return. This leaves fans and supporters eagerly awaiting updates on his recovery progress.
Although the club has refrained from specifying a definite recovery timeline, respected journalist Toni Juanmarti suggests that, due to the nature of the injury, Pedri might remain sidelined for more than a month. This period of absence would undoubtedly impact Barcelona’s midfield dynamics.
The location of the injury raises concerns within the Barcelona camp, as Pedri had encountered similar muscular issues with his right thigh in the previous season. This recurrence necessitates careful management and rehabilitation to prevent future setbacks.
As a consequence of his injury, Pedri will miss crucial upcoming matches. His absence will be felt in games against Villarreal and Osasuna just before the September international break. Furthermore, he is expected to be sidelined during clashes with Real Betis, Celta Vigo, Mallorca, and Sevilla in the subsequent weeks.
Depending on the progress of his recovery, there is a glimmer of hope that Pedri, who boasts an impressive record of 111 appearances for the club, might be available to contribute in the match against Granada at the beginning of October.
Barcelona’s challenges are exacerbated by the absence of Ronald Araujo, who is grappling with a hamstring issue. The defender’s potential return is earmarked for the early stages of October, further adding to the team’s defensive concerns.
Raphinha, a Brazilian international, is also facing suspension, with his two-match ban culminating with the impending fixture against Villarreal on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, Inigo Martinez, a recent summer acquisition, is on the road to recovery from a foot problem and could potentially feature in the lineup against Villarreal.
Barcelona’s La Liga campaign has commenced with mixed results. After a goalless draw with Getafe in the season opener, they bounced back with a convincing 2-0 victory over Cadiz. However, the injury setbacks have added an element of uncertainty to their early-season form.