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Xavi fears worst for Barcelona midfielders

'Serious' injuries for de Jong and Pedri

2024/03/04 11:17
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Barcelona manager, Xavi, has confirmed that midfield duo Frenkie de Jong and Pedri have both suffered potentially ‘serious’ injuries with the former Spain captain unsure of how long they will be absent for.

Xavi, who has already announced that he will be departing Barca at the end of this season, said: “Pedri and de Jong’s injuries do not look good, unfortunately. It seems serious. We are sad as I think they will be out for some time.”

Both players were forced off through injury at San Mames in the Basque Country on Sunday evening as Barcelona held on for a goalless draw against top four chasing Athletic Club.

The news will not only be a blow for Barcelona but also for the Netherlands’ national side, who are coached by former Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, as well as Spain with La Roja already sweating over the fitness of Pedri’s teammate, Gavi, who suffered an ACL injury in November. UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany is just over three months away.

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Barcelona are third in La Liga, a point behind Girona and a further eight points back on champions-elect Real Madrid with 11 games of the season to go. The Blaugrana face Real Mallorca at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium on Friday evening before their second-leg with Napoli in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League next week.

It is believed that de Jong could have suffered a serious ankle issue after landing awkwardly after jumping for a ball in the 26th minute of their game against Athletic, whilst Pedri felt pain in his quadricep, which is the same muscle he tore in August and kept him out for a large part of this season.
 

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2024-03-04 12h10m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a football fan, I am devastated to hear that both Pedri and de Jong have suffered serious injuries. This is a huge blow for Barcelona and their national teams. Wishing them a speedy recovery.
2024-03-04 11h49m by eyoungs8
Wow, devastating news for Barcelona and the national teams of Netherlands and Spain. Wishing a speedy recovery to Pedri and de Jong.

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