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Gerard Pique has decided not to undergo surgery

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According to a report published by Cat Radio, Gerard Pique has decided not to undergo surgery and has opted for conservative treatment instead.

Pique suffered a shocking injury against Atletico Madrid and had to be substituted off the pitch almost immediately. Later, it was reported that he had two injuries: a sprain that would ideally need 3 months to recover, and a ligament injury, which required further examination.

Regardless, Pique had to make the decision to choose between going through surgery – which would see him out of action for nearly half a year, but make a full recovery, or conservative treatment, where he would be sidelined for an upwards of three months, at least. However, it would come at the cost of partial recovery, and more often that not, it results in a massive dip in form.

That said, the World Cup winner never looked like he had to plans to stick by the sport for a very long time, as he had declared his interest in managing businesses and eventually running for Barcelona Presidency.

Barcelona must continue to trust young players like Oscar Mingueza and Ronald Araujo in the absence of the legendary centre-back, at least until the January transfer window, after which they can continue their pursuit of Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

Ronald Koeman has made it clear several times that he does not trust Samuel Umtiti because of his injury-struck past, and it looks like even Frenkie de Jong is above the Frenchman in the pecking order for centre-back. All said and done, the road ahead is a rocky one for Barcelona, who will be without one of their best, and most experienced players.

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Gerard Pique appoints Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra

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In an interesting turn of events, Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has appointed Eder Sarabia as head coach for his team Andorra. Sarabia served as Quique Setien’s assistant during the Spaniard’s six-month tenure at Barcelona ranging from January to August before the coaching staff was sacked for a humiliating exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Pique’s Kosmos Holding Group bought Andorra, who operated in the Tercera Division – the Spain’s fourth tier, in December 2018. After raising enough funds, and going on a 22 match unbeaten run, Andorra replaced CF Reus in the Segunda Division B.

After the dismissal of Gabri Garcia following a poor run of form, Nacho Castro was appointed as the head coach. After nearly a year in-charge, on January 18, Andorra announced through a press release that Castro would not be continuing at the club. Three hours later, Eder Sarabia was appointed.

This appointment has come as a surprise to Barcelona fans considering Sarabia’s controversial tenure with the club. The Spaniard had been on the end of several heated discussion with club captain Lionel Messi, with videos releasing of the assistant shouting and cursing at the players during a game against Celta Vigo last season.

Andorra currently sit second in Group III-A of the Segunda Division B, three points clear of Barcelona B. The two are set to meet on 7th February in Round 15 of the third division. The Encamp outfit won the last meeting, held in November 2020, between the two with a goal from Carlos Martinez Rodriguez enough to scrape a 1-0 win through.

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