Barcelona’s hopes for a successful season have taken another hit as it was revealed that midfielder Frenkie de Jong will be sidelined due to a hamstring injury. The Dutch international sustained the injury during his country’s World Cup qualifying match and was subsequently withdrawn from the squad.
Initially, the injury was thought to be minor, but after further tests, it was confirmed that the midfielder has a right hamstring injury. The club has not provided a timeline for his return, leaving fans and team members alike uncertain about when he will be back in action.
De Jong’s absence will be sorely felt by the Blaugrana, who are set to face off against bitter rivals Real Madrid on April 5th in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie. With his injury, he is now considered a doubt for the game.
In a statement, the club confirmed the news, saying, “Tests carried out on the first team player Frenkie de Jong have revealed that the first team player has a hamstring injury in his right thigh. He is unavailable for selection and his recovery will determine his return.”
Barcelona is no stranger to injury woes this season, as several key players have suffered from various ailments. Alongside De Jong, young star Pedri, Ousmane Dembele, and Andreas Christensen are also expected to miss the Clasico in less than two weeks.
The absence of these players will put additional pressure on Barcelona’s remaining squad members, who will need to step up their game to compensate for the loss. It will also be a significant blow to the team’s morale as they try to maintain their position in the league and continue to compete in the Copa del Rey.
Only time will tell when De Jong will be back in action, but until then, Barcelona will have to make do without their influential midfielder.