Barcelona have already been in a crisis of injuries recently. Arthur Melo’s hamstring injury has extended the blaugrana’s injured players list.
Barcelona have suffered another injury blow with the club confirming Arthur has been ruled out of action for the next three to four weeks.
The Brazil international will miss la liga clashes with Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and Champions League clash with Lyon as well as potentially being ruled out of both upcoming el clasico matches in Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde would not want another injury at the moment to one of his key players after Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha, and Ousmane Dembele all suffering of the injuries. However, Osaman Dembele is nearing a return after spending some days on the sidelines due to an ankle injury but the lady luck doesn’t seem to favour the Barca manager who has another injury setback listed on the cards. This time its the Brazilian, Arthur Melo who is facing a left hamstring injury after a Xaviesque display in the Copa Clasico against their arch-rivals in midweek. The Brazilian has suffered a hamstring problem that will force him on to the sidelines for a spell of almost 1 month.
[INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out have confirmed that the first team player Arthur Melo has a left hamstring injury. He is expected to be out for around 3-4 weeks. pic.twitter.com/tYpNvlufsM
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 8, 2019
FC Barcelona’s official twitter account stated “Tests carried out have confirmed that the first team player Arthur Melo has a left hamstring injury. He is expected to be out for around 3-4 weeks.”
Lionel Messi also faced an injury last week but was back in action against the arch-rivals Real Madrid when he came off the bench to play the last 27 minutes but he was not looking like himself and is again a doubt for the weekend clash when Catalan kings meet Athletic Bilbao at San Mames stadium. In the final part of the season when managers hope to have each and every player at their disposal, Ernesto Valverde is facing setback after setback in terms of injuries but has done a great job so far in rotating players and promoting youngsters keeping the Catalan stars hopes for a Treble mobile.
The list of matches the Brazilian could miss:
La Liga – Athletic Bilbao (A)
La Liga – Real Valladolid (H)
UCL – Olympique Lyonnais (A)
La Liga – Sevilla (A)
CDR (2nd leg) – Real Madrid (A)
La Liga – Real Madrid (A)
Barcelona will be looking to fill Brazilian spot with the options which include Arturo Vidal, Sergi Roberto, Phillipe Coutinho and Carles Alenya but it will be tough for all these to give a performance of the levels set by the 22-year-old midfielder. Arthur Melo, who is in his first season in European football, has adapted to the club where most newcomers find it difficult and has played a pivotal role in the Catalan’s club success this season.