A new fitness update for Barcelona star Pedri was coming against the background of the club’s meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt, and it is completely related to the news for all those associated with the club.
For those not in the know, star midfielder Pedri was pulled into the break in Barcelona’s return to the European Championship this evening.
After being stalled with a muscle problem late in the first half, Xavi opted to replace the Spain international in the first half, with Frenkie de Jong serving in his place.
Meanwhile, a subsequent update via the club’s social media platforms soon confirmed that Pedri had ‘discomfort in his left hamstring’:
– FC Barcelona (FCBarcelona) April 14, 2022
And now, as noted above, insight has been provided to the extent of the problem for the 19-year-old.
According to a report by the generally reliable Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo, there is “a lot of pessimism” about Pedri’s post-match well-being, amid legitimate concerns that the midfielder may not return to the field until next season:
Mucho pesimismo con Pedri. Esta “Roto”. Complicado que vuelva a jugar esta campaña …
Fernando Polo (@ffpolo) April 14, 2022
Depay’s late penalty kick is not enough
The latest word on Badri’s fitness of course concludes what proved to be a bleak night for Barcelona on Thursday.
The Blaugrana welcomed the aforementioned Eintracht at the Camp Nou, hoping to achieve the best results after taking a share of the spoils in Germany last week thanks to Ferran Torres’ second-half goal.
Halfway through the second half of proceedings in Catalonia, though, none of those hopes remained nearly dead.
It came as Eintracht’s superb display saw the day’s visitors jostle for a 3-0 advantage, thanks to Philippe Costek’s double, on either side of Rafael Santos Pore’s stunning long-range shot:
Raphael Puri What a scream!! 🤯
Huge blow from the Frankfurt man 💥
Football on BT Sport (btsportfootball) April 14, 2022
Late goals by Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay, in turn, were left to be more than a consolation, as Barcelona were expelled from the Europa League in frankly embarrassing fashion.