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Barcelona believe star midfielder is playing with ‘fear of injuries’

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Barcelona will have a glorious opportunity to seal second place in La Liga as they take on Rayo Vallecano at home later this afternoon.

A win will be enough to secure the second position, thanks to Girona’s latest mishaps. One of the players in focus this afternoon is Pedri, who has endured mixed form since returning from injury.

Barcelona believe Pedri is playing with fear

In the midst of his mixed form, dark clouds are lingering within Barcelona, who believe that Pedri might be playing with a lingering fear of injuries, impacting his performance on the pitch, reports Que Thi Jugues.

This concern stems from Pedri’s string of setbacks, particularly two hamstring injuries that plagued him throughout the 2021/22 and 2023/24 seasons.

These injuries, specifically affecting his quadriceps muscle, are crucial for powerful shooting. Sources within the club believe Pedri is struggling to shoot at full capacity.

Are injury fears weighing on Pedri? (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

This hesitancy raises serious concerns for Barcelona. Pedri, once known for his dynamism and attacking prowess, is now a shadow of his former self.

Fear of another setback?

The fear of a potential third setback, as some within the club reportedly fear, could have devastating consequences for both player and team.

Barcelona’s hierarchy is said to be closely monitoring Pedri’s situation. While they remain hopeful for a full recovery, reports suggest they may explore alternative solutions if Pedri doesn’t overcome his physical and mental hurdles during the summer break.

Selling a player of Pedri’s calibre would be a drastic step, but Barcelona’s financial situation might force their hand if his struggles continue.

Barca fans will be desperately hoping that Pedri can overcome these obstacles. A healthy and confident Pedri, after all, is a vital cog in the team’s machinery.

Today’s clash against Rayo Vallecano, to that end, will hand Pedri an excellent opportunity to regain his form before he embarks on a trip to Germany for the European Championship.

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