Barcelona had a bitter night facing Granada in a continuing Spanish La Liga match. Aside from the heartbreaking defeat, the Catalan team also had to deal with injuries involving several key players, including their star defender, Jules Kounde.
The match, which took place at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday night, ended in a 2-1 victory for Granada. This result undoubtedly dealt a severe blow to Barcelona, who are struggling to maintain their position in the top ranks of the La Liga standings.
However, what’s even more concerning are the injuries that befell several Barcelona players during the match. The promising young French defender, Jules Kounde, was forced to be substituted out in the 60th minute after suffering a significant muscle injury. Kounde has been a linchpin in Barcelona’s defense since joining from Sevilla in the summer, and his absence could be a significant setback for the team.
Apart from Kounde, four other key players also sustained injuries during the game. Veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets suffered a hamstring injury that forced him off the field in the first half. This injury is expected to keep him sidelined for several weeks.
In addition to Busquets, two other players, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele, also suffered injuries. Fati sustained a knee injury that forced him to exit the field during the first half, while Dembele experienced a muscle problem that similarly led to his departure. Both of these players are essential to Barcelona’s attacking prowess, and their absence will pose a serious concern.
Finally, Barcelona’s versatile midfielder, Pedri, also picked up a minor injury during the match and had to be substituted out in the second half. Although Pedri’s injury is not as severe as his teammates’, it still worries Barcelona’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, given the packed schedule ahead.
The string of injuries that have struck Barcelona is undoubtedly a significant test for the club in the coming weeks. With the loss of several key players, Xavi Hernandez and the Barcelona medical staff will work diligently to nurse the injured players back to health and find solutions to cope with their absence in the squad. Barcelona still has many crucial matches ahead, both in La Liga and other competitions, and hopefully, the injured players can recover as soon as possible to aid the team in returning to the path of victory.