Sergi Roberto faces ANOTHER spell on the sidelines after injuring thigh in first start for more than two months… and midfielder could miss Barcelona’s Champions League showdown with PSG
Barcelona have confirmed that Sergi Roberto is set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury in their midweek Copa del Rey victory over Granada.
The versatile midfielder has endured an injury-blighted season, missing 18 games with a hamstring injury he picked up in November’s defeat to Atletico Madrid, while also returning a positive COVID-19 test in December.
He played just over 20 minutes off the bench on his return at the end of January against Athletic Bilbao, before making his first start for over two months against Granada on Wednesday.
Sergio Roberto suffered yet another injury in his first start for two months on Wednesday
However, the 28-year-old managed just 57 minutes before having to be replaced, and Barcelona have confirmed Roberto faces yet more time out with injury.
“Tests carried out on Thursday have revealed that Sergi Roberto has suffered an injury to his right thigh. His availability will be determined by his recovery time,” the club said in a statement.
Local media reported that he is almost certain to miss Barcelona’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain, to be played on February 16.
Roberto was the hero the last time Barcelona met PSG in 2017 with a 95th-minute winner
Roberto was the hero the last time the two clubs faced each other, scoring a 95th-minute winner as Barcelona overturned a 4-0 defeat from the first-leg to win 6-5 on aggregate.
After a poor start to this season, Barcelona’s form has picked up recently and Ronald Koeman’s men are now unbeaten in their last ten La Liga matches.
They sit in second place, level on points with Real Madrid, but ten points behind Atletico Madrid, despite having played a game more than Diego Simeone’s side.