Gerard Pique cried as he hobbled off the pitch in Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.© TBEN
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 pitch in Barca’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in La Liga on 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, as Samuel Umtiti and Ronald Araujo are also injured.
Frenkie de Jong has fallen on defense at times in recent weeks, but the situation is far from ideal for Ronald Koeman, whose side have slipped to their third league loss of the season against Atletico.
Barca sit 10th in La Liga but fared better in the Champions League, leading Group G with nine out of nine points heading into Tuesday’s game away from Dynamo Kiev.
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