Franck Kessié has injured his thigh and will not be able to play for Barça again until after the World Cup.
Bitter setback for Franck Kessié. The 25-year-old suffered a muscle injury in Tuesday night’s win against Viktoria Pilsen and will miss FC Barcelona until after the World Cup.
After his free transfer from Milan to Barça in the summer, the Ivorian initially had to wait in line. In La Liga, the central midfielder is usually just a joker, in the premier class he was in the starting XI three times.
However, when the 25-year-old won in Pilsen, it was over after 67 minutes. Kessié had to leave the field injured. After the game, Barça boss Xavi said: “He’s injured. I think he hurt his back thigh.” Kessié can only play again after the World Cup break.
But he should have watched the World Cup in Qatar anyway. The 60-time national player did not qualify for the finals with the Ivory Coast.
This does not apply to the other injured players in the Barça squad. Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, Andreas Christensen and Jules Koundé are all hoping to make a comeback in time to feature in Qatar.
Except for Sergi Roberto, who dislocated his shoulder in the game against Athletic Bilbao and will be out for more than a month. Homegrown is not an issue for Spain’s World Cup squad.
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This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as.