Frenkie de Jong, the Dutch midfielder for Barcelona, is set for an extended spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury sustained during a match against Celta Vigo.
The injury occurred in the first half of Barcelona’s 3-2 victory, leading to his substitution by Gavi. While the club has officially confirmed the injury as related to the tibiofibular syndesmosis in his right ankle, they have refrained from providing a specific timeframe for his return. They released a statement that read: “Tests carried out on the first team player Frenkie de Jong show that he has an injury to the tibiofibular syndesmosis in his right ankle. He is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return.”
According to reports from Spanish outlet Diario AS, de Jong’s absence could extend to five to seven weeks. This unfortunate timing means that he might miss the highly anticipated first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid, scheduled for October 28. It’s a blow for Barcelona, as de Jong is a key player in their midfield.
In the immediate future, Barcelona fans can expect to see Frenkie de Jong sidelined for crucial fixtures against Real Mallorca and Sevilla. Additionally, he might have to sit out the Champions League clash against Porto on October 4 and the subsequent league game against Granada, which is the last fixture before the October international break.
This injury setback is a concern not only for Barcelona but also for the Netherlands national team, as they have important international fixtures in the coming weeks. De Jong’s recovery progress will determine when he can return to the pitch and represent both club and country.
The absence of Frenkie de Jong will undoubtedly pose a challenge for Barcelona, as he plays a pivotal role in their midfield.
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