Barcelona and Ronald Koeman‘s injury woes continue to grow, with the Catalan club receiving news today that veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets will miss Tuesday’s Champions League game with Dynamo Kyiv.
Busquets suffered a grade one sprain in the external lateral ligament of his left knee during Spain’s draw with Switzerland on November 14th, and didn’t take to the grass at training on Sunday in Catalonia. It’s expected he’s going to need to take between ten and fifteen days to recover according to Diario AS.
Centre-backs Ronald Araujo and Samuel Umtiti are also both injured, alongside the aforementioned Pique, so Koeman has a challenge on his hands to build a balanced team for the game on Tuesday. Frenkie de Jong is expected to drop back into the centre of defence alongside Clement Lenglet.
Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann also didn’t take to the field during the recovery session on Sunday, with both taking a bath and a massage session, and neither did Ousmane Dembele, who is suffering from a shoulder complaint.
Born in Sabadell, Catalonia, Busquets has spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, making almost 400 appearances to complement over 100 caps for his country.
The Catalan is one of the most decorated footballers in history. He’s won eight LaLiga titles, six Copa del Reys, six Spanish Super Cups, three Champions Leagues, three European Super Cups, three Club World Cups, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.
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