Barcelona suffer extra El Clasico blow as star midfielder is ruled out of the season

Barcelona midfielder goes off injured against Real Madrid | Imago

Barcelona suffer extra El Clasico blow as star midfielder is ruled out of the season

Ayoola Kelechi 17:02 - 22.04.2024

The midfielder is set to miss up to five weeks of action, ruling him out of contention for the current campaign

Barcelona's woes were compounded in their recent El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid as star midfielder Frenkie de Jong suffered a significant injury blow, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.

De Jong's Season Cut Short

During the intense clash against Real Madrid, de Jong was stretchered off the field after a collision with Fede Valverde just before half-time. The Dutch midfielder's toe made contact in a forceful challenge, resulting in an injury that has sidelined him indefinitely.

Although the exact extent of de Jong's injury is yet to be determined, reports suggest that he will be sidelined for a minimum of a month. With Barcelona having only six games remaining in the season, including fixtures against Valencia, Girona, and Sevilla, de Jong's absence is a significant blow to their midfield stability.

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong | Imago
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong | Imago

De Jong's injury marks the third ankle problem he has encountered this season, further disrupting his playing time. Barcelona, already facing an uphill battle in their pursuit of a top-two finish and a spot in next season's Spanish Supercup, now must navigate their remaining fixtures without one of their key midfield assets.

Euro 2024 Considerations

While de Jong's season with Barcelona may have come to an untimely end, there is optimism that he will recover in time to represent the Netherlands in Euro 2024. With approximately five weeks of rehabilitation ahead, de Jong aims to regain fitness ahead of the tournament, where he is expected to play a crucial role for his national team.

As Barcelona assess the impact of de Jong's absence and plan for the challenges ahead, the midfielder focuses on his recovery, aiming to return stronger for both club and country.

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