Ronald Koeman will likely have to work without a key pair when Blaigrana returns to La Liga action next week.
Pedri and Jordi Alba have added to Barcelona’s injury crisis following Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Barca suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Byron in their Group E opener at Camp Nine, with Thomas Mرller scoring the first goal before Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the second half to give Julian Naglesman’s side the lead. Defeated by three points.
Ansu Fatti, Sergio Dest, Sergio Aguero, Martin Braithwaite and Usman Dembele were all out of the heavyweight European fixtures due to related injuries, and Ronald Koeman could now be without two more star players when his squad returns next week. The league will resume the campaign.
What has been said?
Barca have issued a statement confirming that Pedri raised a thigh complaint after playing a full 90 minutes against Byron.
“First-team player Pedri has a quarter muscle injury in his left thigh,” the press release said. “The player is not available for selection and his recovery will order his return.”
Alba, meanwhile, maintained a knock during the game that replaced him with Balde Martinez in the 74th minute, Barca’s statement added in full back: Turns out he has a hamstring injury in his right thigh.
“The player is not available for selection and his recovery will order his return.”
How many games can Pedri and Alba lose?
Pedri and Alba Para are now both big doubts for Barcelona’s next La Liga match against Granada, a three-point difference between themselves and leaders Real Madrid – who have played one game more.
The Queens will face just three days before facing the Cadiz, and then they will end the September schedule with a clash with Leonte and a second Group E match against Benfica in the Champions League.
Koeman lamented the lack of authority.
Koeman expressed frustration with the low number of players in his squad after the defeat to Byron, while also acknowledging that Barca lags behind the German giants in their overall development as a team.
After the match, he said that only three strikers were available. “Strategically there were moments we were in control of. Byron’s game is in the middle third and you have to fill it. [the gaps] there. This is what it is now. I can’t complain about the behavior, but there is a difference in quality.
“They are a team that has been together for a long time as a group and there is a bench that has improved.”