EbeneInfo – CA – Pique set for lengthy injury layoff as ‘worried’ Koeman speaks out after Barca loss

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Ronald Koeman admitted he was’ worried’ about Gerard Pique’s injury following Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, with some information suggesting the defender could be put away for four to six months

Yannick Carrasco scored the game’s only half-time goal to secure victory at Wanda Metropolitano and an already under fire Koeman became Barca’s first coach to lose to Diego Simeone in La Liga

The result leaves the Catalan giants languishing in 10th place, nine points behind co-leaders Atleti and Real Sociedad

And Pique’s nasty injury just past the hour added even more misery to Barca’s evening, especially since the club already lacked options at center-back

Angel Correa awkwardly fell on Pique after a challenge from Jordi Alba on the edge of the penalty area and the Spaniard appeared in some discomfort before being helped off the pitch, with Sergino Dest coming in his place

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An official statement from Barcelona confirmed Pique had suffered a sprained right knee and the center-half veteran is due for scans on Sunday, along with Sergi Roberto, who suffered a thigh problem

According to Catalan newspaper Sport, first examinations of Pique’s knee by Barca medical staff at Wanda Metropolitano indicated a ‘serious’ knee injury

The report suggests that the eighth La Liga winner could be out of action for four to six months, which, if correct, would deal a blow to Barcelona’s title chances this season

« I’m worried about Pique and Sergi Roberto’s injuries, » Barcelona head coach Koeman said shortly after the final whistle

« We can’t wait to see the results tomorrow, how long they will be out »

Koeman slammed Barcelona’s defense for Carrasco’s 45th-minute strike and took full responsibility for his side losing even more league points

« For a great team, conceding a goal like this… it can’t be, because it’s the 47th minute, we had the ball and then they scored 1-0, » he said. he declared

« We had a pair and with the score 0-0 the game would have been totally different [if they had taken either chance]

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The Dutchman recognized the « very big difference » between Barcelona and the top two teams in the league and called on his players to keep fighting to close the gap

« It’s a pretty big difference, but there is still a lot of league and a lot of games left, » he added

« We know every game is tough, but after this loss we have to go for an important winning streak

« I saw a team that fought until the last second to be able to level the game, so in that sense I’m not worried »

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EbeneInfo – CA – Pique ready for lengthy injury hiatus as ‘Worried’ Koeman speaks out after Barca loss

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/22/gerard-pique-set-for-long-injury-layoff-as-worried-ronald-koeman-speaks-out-after-barcelona-defeat-13634639/

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