Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay were two of the four Barcelona players who have picked up injuries early on in the international break.
Both the players had to be substituted during the Netherlands’ game against Poland in the UEFA Nations League. Depay’s injury was thought to be serious, as confirmed by Louis van Gaal shortly after the game.
Barcelona have released an official statement on the injuries of the two Dutchman, confirming that both the players have picked up hamstring injuries.
Frenkie de Jong, for one, has an elongation of the semitendinosus muscle on his left thigh. Depay, too, has picked up a knock on his left thigh.
The official statement from Barça has stated that the return of these two players will depend on their recovery process. However, a recent report from Javi Miguel has now offered a potential timeframe for the return of these two individuals.
Depay, for one, could be ruled out for a month due to his thigh injury, meaning the former Manchester United starlet is set to miss out on the upcoming October schedule. It includes crucial games against Inter Milan, and even El Clasico against Real Madrid.
Most importantly, Depay’s absence could serve as a major blow to his hopes of returning to prominence in Barcelona’s first-team plans.
De Jong, meanwhile, is expected to return soon. In fact, the midfielder should return in time for Barcelona’s crucial Champions League encounter against Inter Milan.
De Jong’s availability in that match could be essential as Barcelona may have a crucial midfield battle on their hands, given the fact that Inter Milan are known for their formidable second line of press.
Although Marcelo Brozovic has been recently ruled out for the encounter, Barcelona must need to field their strongest eleven and the availability of someone like de Jong, to that end, could go a long way in boosting their chances of sealing all three points.