Gerard Pique sprained his knee ligament during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid, Barcelona have confirmed.
Pique limped off in clear discomfort at the Wanda Metropolitano after Angel Correa landed awkwardly on his lower right leg.
Late on Saturday, Barca confirmed the 33-year-old centre-back had suffered a sprain and further analysis revealed damage to both the interior lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.
“Tests carried out this Sunday on Gerard Pique have shown that he has a grade three sprain in the internal lateral ligament and partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” a statement read.
“The evolution of the injury will condition his availability.”
Although Barca did not put a timeframe on Pique’s recovery, Catalan paper Sport reported that much depends upon whether or not surgery is required.
A sprain left to heal on its own might see Pique return to action within two months, while undergoing surgery would see him sidelined for between four to six months.
The bad news continues to trickle in for boss Ronald Koeman, who will also be without the services of versatile Sergi Roberto for two months due to a ruptured thigh muscle.
Barca are currently languishing in midtable in LaLiga after eight games, with Roberto and Pique joining Sergio Busquets, Ansu Fati and Samuel Umtiti in the injury list.
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