Barcelona may well be without their key defensive duo Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique for their next two games after their substitutions in the Champions League victory over Manchester City yesterday (19th October).
The Spain internationals both came off with injuries during the first half of the 4-0 win on Wednesday and were replaced by Lucas Digne and Jeremy Mathieu respectively, with the club revealing left-back Alba suffered a hamstring problem and Pique sustained an ankle sprain.
The club has made a statement:
“The injuries to Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba – both were replaced during Barca’s win over Manchester City at Camp Nou – only serves to worsen Luis Enrique’s selection problems in defence. Both players will have further tests on Thursday to ascertain the exact extent of their injuries.“
While the club are yet to release timescales there has been reports in Spain suggesting Alba is set for roughly two weeks on the sidelines, while Pique is expected to miss up to 10 days.
This would make them unavailable for the upcoming LaLiga matches against Valencia and Granada, before potential comebacks in the return game against City on November 1st.