Frenkie de Jong, a midfielder for Barcelona, hurt himself during his team’s 3-2 victory over Celta Vigo this past weekend and will be out for more than a month
Gavi had to replace the Dutch midfielder who had to leave the game in the first half due to injury.
De Jong is expected to miss two group stage matches in the Champions League as well as Barcelona’s upcoming four games, including Mallorca and Sevilla this week. Additionally, he probably won’t return in time for El Clasico on October 28.
He will also be absent from the Netherlands’ next October qualifiers against France and Greece for the 2024 European Championship. De Jong, who has had a fantastic start to the season, will be sorely missed by both club and nation. The 26-year-old aids Xavi Hernandez’s team in directing and controlling play. He has great building skills and a knack for linking defence and offence.
When it comes to passes attempted and completed, De Jong is in the 98th and 97th percentiles, respectively. For progressive passes, he is in the 97th percentile, and for progressive carries, he is in the 95th percentile. When asked about his absence from the team’s upcoming games, his manager said: “It’s a big loss.”
Pedri will be joined by De Jong in the stands. The club has not provided a timetable for the promising Spaniard’s return, who has been sidelined for more than a month. Xavi did not specify a certain day or game in which to anticipate Pedri’s return to the field of play, but he did say that he was close to doing so.
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