Following their loss to UD Almeria last night, things continue to get bad for Barcelona as star striker Robert Lewandowski is understood to have picked up a knock that will rule him out for two weeks.
This claim comes from the reliable Toni Juanmarti, who states that Lewandowski sustained the knock during the Blaugrana’s game against Almeria last night.
More tests will be conducted to determine the extent of the striker’s injury. However, as things stand, the 34-year-old is expected to be sidelined for a period of fourteen days.
It means that the Poland captain is ruled out of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg against Real Madrid coming up this week.
Along with that, the ace goalscorer will also miss La Liga matches against Valencia and Athletic Club over the next couple of weeks.
The report states that Lewandowski could return in time for Barça’s second Clasico of March against Real Madrid, which will be played on March 19 at Spotify Camp Nou in La Liga.
This development comes as a huge blow for Barcelona, who are already struggling due to the absence of key players like Pedri and Ousmane Dembele. Much like Lewandowski, the pair is also expected to be back for the La Liga Clasico on March 19.
This is Lewandowski’s first notable injury problem since he arrived at Barcelona in the summer. Even though he has been going through a rough patch of late, the former Bayern Munich superstar remains an integral player in Xavi’s plans.
Having him sidelined at a crucial juncture of the season, where important games are coming up will certainly be a big blow. This leaves Barça with just two fit forwards in Ferran Torres and Raphinha, although Ansu Fati is expected to be back in time for this week’s Clasico.
How Barcelona manage to deal with his absence over the next couple of weeks could decide how the rest of the season unfolds for them.