This morning, the Catalan papers have been extremely busy. Barcelona are returning to La Liga action this weekend and with the past couple of days being full of different occasions, good and bad, the news mill has been going non stop.
Mundo Deportivo say the Azulgranas held a minute of silence during their training session for the late Diego Armando Maradona. It was a sign of respect and remembrance for an icon of world football.
Of course, it was also a highly emotional moment for everyone, considering he was, apart from being one of the main protagonists of the sport on the planet, an ex-Barcelona player as well. On top of that, Maradona was also Lionel Messi’s countryman, which made it that much more difficult for Leo.
SPORT, on the other hand, have moved past that and are focusing specifically on the Blaugrana team. This morning, Ansu Fati and Pedri are the stars of their cover.
The local outlet is suggesting that both of the Barcelona golden boys are the envy of the whole of Europe. Of course, the reason behind that is simple – among the players of their age, they are by far the most valuable assets in world football.
At the moment, as SPORT state, Fati is worth a whooping €80M while Pedri’s price has skyrocketed as well and is now at €30M.
It goes without saying, however, that Barcelona would never even consider parting ways with either of their biggest jewels.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.