Tue. May 17th, 2022

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Xavi Hernandez‘s task of starting well as Barcelona coach has become somewhat more challenging after it emerged on Friday that Pedri had suffered an injury relapse, and may not be available for selection until 2022.

Barcelona had been warned over their continued use of a young player who was still growing into his body, as well as the Spanish Olympic team insisting he go with them to the games, and it appears as though that cumulative fatigue is now catching up with the prodigious talent.

Pedri is officially suffering with a relapse in his left thigh injury, and according to information published by Esport3, he will be out of action for a month.

This will put him back off track in terms of his return, having already missed most of the current campaign with Barcelona.

A month out would seeĀ PedriĀ likely not be fit for match action until January, with the Supercopa de Espana perhaps being eyed as a date for his return to competitive action.

For Xavi, he now has to look for alternative midfield options for the coming fixtures before the winter break, with it likely there will be more of a reliance on both Frenkie de Jong and Gavi.

Sergi Roberto could also fill in at the central midfield position, with Xavi not seeing him as an effective option as a deputy right-back.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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