Ronald Koeman will probably have to do without a key duo when the Blaugrana return to La Liga action next week
Pedri and Jordi Alba contributed to Barcelona’s injury crisis following their defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Barca suffered a 3-0 defeat to Bayern at Camp Nou in their Group E starting chalk, with Thomas Muller scoring first before Robert Lewandowski grabbed a prop in the second half to give Julian Nagelsmann’s team all three points give.
Ansu Fati, Sergino Dest, Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele were all unavailable for the heavyweight European match due to injuries, and Ronald Koeman could now be without two-star players when his team resumes their La Liga campaign next week. .
What was said?
Barca have issued a statement confirming that Pedri suffered a thigh injury after playing the full 90 minutes against Bayern.
“First-team player Pedri has a quadriceps muscle injury in his left thigh,” reads the press release. “The player cannot be selected, and his recovery determines the return.”
Alba received a knockout during the match that replaced him in the 74th minute for Balde Martinez, while Barca’s statement added at fullback: ‘Tests performed on Wednesday morning by first player Jordi Alba show that he has a thigh muscle injury in his right thigh.
“The player cannot be selected, and his recovery determines the return.”
How many matches can Pedri and Alba miss?
Pedri and Alba are now both in doubt for Barca’s next game in La Liga against Granada on Monday, with a gap of three points between themselves and the leaders Real Madrid – who played more of a game.
Koeman’s team will only have a three-day turnaround before facing Cadiz, and then they will complete their schedule for September with a clash against Levante and a second Group E meeting with Benfica in the Champions League.
Koeman regrets the lack of options
Koeman expressed his frustration over the reduced numbers in his squad after the defeat against Bayern, while also conceding that Barca were a long way behind the German giants in their overall development as a team.
“There were only three strikers available,” he said after the game. “Tactically, there were moments when we were in control. Bayern’s game is in the middle third and you have to fill [the gaps] there. This is what it is for now. I can not complain about the attitude, but there is a difference in quality.
‘They are a team that has been together as a group for a long time and also has an improved bench.