Gerard Pique cried as he hobbled off the pitch in Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.© AFP
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique suffered a serious knee injury, the club confirmed on Sunday, with the defender expected to be out for at least two months. Pique cried as he hobbled off the field for Barca’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in La Liga Saturday following a collision with Angel Correa. “Tests have shown he has a grade 3 sprain in the medial lateral ligament and a partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” Barcelona said in a statement.
The club have also confirmed that Sergi Roberto, who can play at right-back or center midfielder, will be out for two months after tearing a muscle in his thigh.
There was no official estimate for Pique’s return, but reports in the Spanish press suggested he could be out for between two and six months.
Pique’s absence leaves Barca with Clément Lenglet as center-back in form, given that Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are also injured.
Frenkie de Jong has occasionally fallen in defense in recent weeks but the situation is far from ideal for Ronald koeman, whose team slipped to their third league loss of the season against Atletico.
Barça are in 10th place the league but they did better in the Champions League, leading Group G with nine out of nine points heading into Tuesday’s away game at Dynamo Kiev.
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