Problems and important ones for Barcelona and Xavi Hernández. Frenkie de Jong had to leave the field of play in the 35th minute in the match against Celta de Vigo after an ugly gesture on his right ankle and could miss the Clásico. As soon as the match ended, the Barça team issued a medical report for the Dutch footballer, who could miss the match against Real Madrid at the end of October.
The first examination by Barcelona’s medical services indicates that Frenkie de Jong suffers an injury to the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis of the right ankle. However, the Barça team does not comment on the length of time he could be out since it depends on his evolution, but he could be off the playing field for between five and seven weeks. The Classic against Real Madrid will be played on October 28 at 4:15 p.m.
And the injury occurred in a fortuitous action with Bamba. It was the 30th minute of the match when the Celta footballer fell on the Dutchman’s right foot without him having the option to free himself. The former Ajax player immediately noticed pain, which made Xavi Hernández send Gavi to the sideline to warm up. The Barça midfielder did not ask for the change at first, but five minutes later the decision was made to make the change.
De Jong had started in all the official matches of the season, both in the League and the Champions League. He will now have to be out for the next few weeks and the games that he will miss with complete certainty are Mallorca this Tuesday, September 26, against Sevilla on September 29 in Montjuic. Then there will be an opportunity for two more matches before a new national team break against Porto in the Champions League and Granada in the League. These four games will be impossible for him to make it, then after the break it will be seen if he makes it to the Classic or not.
“As little as possible”
Before knowing about De Jong’s injury, Xavi Hernández attended a press conference and was asked by the Dutch footballer: «They have to do tests. He is a very strong player and hardly asks for a change. If he has asked for it, there is something there, but we hope it is as minimal as possible.
Now, the Spanish coach will have to manage his players’ minutes well with the Dutchman’s injury. «He demonstrates the generational change that we are experiencing in society. Gavi, Balde, Raphinha, Lamine… today is a tremendous turning point of winning character. We haven’t played football well, but we also have to get character, faith, epic… and we have that too,” he said about the young people in the first team.
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