Shock in Barcelona .. Two new injuries days before important matches
Barcelona, the leaders of the Spanish Football League, confirmed today the injury of its Danish defender Andreas Christensen and his Ivory Coast midfielder Frank Kessier, bringing the total of the Catalan team's absence to seven players before crucial matches.
Christensen suffered an ankle injury in the match that Barcelona lost to Inter Milan 0-1 on Tuesday in the third round of the European Champions League, and there are doubts about his participation in some matches, including the Clasico against his partner in the lead, his arch-rival Real Madrid, the defending champion, on October 16. The Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid in the ninth stage of the "La Liga".
"Tests carried out on Wednesday confirmed that first team player Andreas Christensen has sprained his left ankle," Barcelona said in a statement.
He added, "He is not available to play and his recovery will determine his return."
Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia are scheduled to participate in Barcelona's defense against Celta Vigo on Sunday in the eighth stage of the league, while coach Xavi Hernandez finds himself facing the dilemma of finding substitutes other than using players from the reserve team.
The Catalan club was suffering before facing Inter Milan in the absence of Uruguayan defenders Ronald Araujo, French Jules Conde and Hector Bellerin due to injury.
Barcelona confirmed in another statement that Kissier, who came on as a substitute against Inter at San Siro, suffers from a muscle strain in the thigh.
With Dutch duo Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay also absent due to thigh and hamstring injuries, the situation is getting worse for Barcelona in midfield and attack.
Inter will visit the "Spotify Camp Nou" stadium next Wednesday in the fourth round in a decisive match for Barcelona's hopes of qualifying for the final price of the prestigious continental competition, before the Clasico.
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