La Liga: Barcelona's Rafinha out for four months after undergoing knee surgery
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha's season was brought to a premature end after undergoing knee surgery on Friday, the club confirmed.
Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Rafinha's season was brought to a premature end after undergoing knee surgery on Friday, the club confirmed.
The Brazilian will be sidelined for four months ruling him out of Barca's push for a treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey.
"Rafinha has had an arthroscopy in the right knee to solve an injury in the internal meniscus," Barca said in a statement.
"The estimated time out is four months."
Rafinha had to be replaced after just 17 minutes of Barca's 4-1 win at Granada on Sunday.
The 24-year-old had become a key player in Barca boss Luis Enrique's switch to a 3-4-3 formation following a 4-0 thrashing by Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in February.
He scored seven goals in 28 appearances in all competitions this season.
However, Rafinha has an unfortunate history of knee injuries having missed the majority of last season to cruciate ligament damage.
Williams' first goal since February snatched a 1-0 win for Athletic and leaves Sevilla six points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid, with four games left to play.
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Koeman will be banned from the bench for Barca's matches at Valencia on Sunday and at home to lead leaders Atletico Madrid the following weekend as the Catalan giants try to snatch the title from current champions Real Madrid.
This weekend, Barcelona are at home to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid host Sevilla with six points separating the top four. If this title race needed more drama, the fixture list has provided it.