Barcelona may not be on top of LaLiga, but things are still looking pretty good on the field. from xavi hernandez Are unbeaten after 10 games in all competitions this season, winning eight of them, However, the draw at Getafe and Real Mallorca means They are behind their arch rivals Real Madrid in the standings and the depth of their squad is set to be tested over the next few weeks The unavailability of star striker Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski forced off the field in Champions League game in Porto
The Pole scored 33 times in 46 games for Barça last season and continues to score Started 2023-24 with five goals in eight LaLiga matches, He also found the net in the Catalans’ first Champions League game of the season against Belgian team Antwerp, but forcibly removed In the first half of their second game of the competition. Against Porto on Wednesday.
However, Lewandowski was replaced by Ferran Torres in the 34th minute of the game in Portugal Initial indications were that the blow to his ankle was not serious And that he will recover in time to face Granada in LaLiga.
Will Pole be fit for El Clasico against Real Madrid?
However, tests on Thursday showed he had suffered a concussion. He has a grade 2 sprain in his left anklewhich is usually enough to keep a player out of action between three to four weeks, This immediately meant that he had no chance of playing for Barcelona before the upcoming international break. Now the race is on to ensure he is fit for the first Clasico of the season against Real MadridWhich will be played at the Estadio Olímpico Lluís Co in Montjuic Saturday 28th October.
Why are Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Raphinha not playing against Granada?
Losing a player of Lewandowski’s caliber is a huge blow for Xavi, not least because he is Already without other key members of its roster.
pedro Has not played since the second LaLiga game of the season due to a thigh issueWhile fellow midfielder Frenkie de Jong injured his ankle In the home win over Celta Vigo a few weeks ago. brazilian winger Rafinha is also in the treatment room after pulling his hamstring In Barcelona’s last LaLiga game at home to Sevilla.
However, the international break should at least give the injured quartet time to recover from their respective ailments Xavi will sweat on his fitness ahead of one of the biggest games of the season In just a few weeks.