LaLiga: Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong set to miss Athletic Bilbao clash after injuring calf muscle
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is set to miss the team’s next match against Athletic Bilbao after the club said in a statement on Sunday he had injured the calf muscle in his right leg.
Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is set to miss the team’s next match against Athletic Bilbao after the club said in a statement on Sunday he had injured the calf muscle in his right leg.
Dutch international De Jong missed Friday’s 0-0 draw away to Sevilla which dented Barca’s hopes of winning the Spanish title, with coach Quique Setien saying before the game he was leaving the player out as a precaution.
The injury proved worse than feared as the club released a medical report on Sunday, saying the player was unable to train although did not say when he would be able to return.
Barca lead Real by three points in the standings but have played one game more than Zinedine Zidane’s side, who will go top of the table if they beat Real Sociedad later on Sunday.
Setien’s side visit struggling Celta Vigo after Tuesday’s match against Athletic before a crunch home game against third-placed Atletico Madrid the following Wednesday.
De Jong joined Barca from Ajax Amsterdam last year for 75 million euros ($83.81 million) and has appeared in 27 of their 30 league games this season.
Barcelona host winless Granada in the Spanish league and hope to rebound from the demoralising 3-0 home loss to Bayern Munich
Madrid reached the semi-finals last season but were resoundingly beaten by Chelsea, whose 3-1 win on aggregate would have been more emphatic had they not missed a cluster of chances in the second leg.
Manchester City have scored at least five goals in each of their last four home games in all competitions. Next in the firing line at Etihad Stadium is Southampton