Barcelona’s injury woes continue with Xavi Hernandez’s hamstring strain
Barcelona’s woes continue with another injury set-back in their squad. Xavi Hernandez has been ruled out for the battle against Granada in La Liga on Saturday. Tests conducted on Tuesday have revealed that Xavi is suffering from a hamstring strain, which will require rest of at least a week to recover.
Xavi missed the flight to Equatorial Guinea and Spain for the friendlies on Friday and Tuesday. The Spanish midfielder decided to stay at home and rest whilst insisting that his decision was a simple matter of recovery from exhaustion rather than a serious injury concern.
According to a statement released by Barcelona on Tuesday, Xavi picked up the muscle injury during training with the rest of the squad. Xavi is now out of action along with a long list of other key Barcelona players.
“The club’s medical services have stated that this Tuesday it has been confirmed that Xavi Hernandez has a hamstring strain in his left leg,” the statement said. “The player will keep doing specific recovery work, and the evolution of this will determine his availability for the next game.
“Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas has returned to training at the same pace as his teammates, while Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique are continuing to work to the side.”
Pique, who missed the international friendlies because of a groin injury, still needs time to recover. Spain’s defense looked very thin with Pique out from the last line of the defense.
Fabregas didn’t travel with La Furia Roja because of a nagging knee injury, which he suffered in Barcelona’s last game before the international friendlies came about, a 4-1 win over Real Betis in La Liga.
Alba is expected to return to action in December. The Spanish full back spoke about the frustration he endured after going down to two different injuries in the first four months of the season.
“I have gone through a bad time -- a really bad time,” Alba said. “I have never been injured before and then I pick up one that rules me out for three weeks and now this one for six. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am feeling better every day and I am eager to train and start playing with the rest of the team.”
Alba also spoke about Lionel Messi’s injury saga. Alba has urged everyone not to put pressure on the Argentinean goalscoring machine. Alba insists that Messi, who is expected to return in January, should be awarded with the time he needs to fully recover.
“We should leave him be -- he will come back when he's ready,” Alba said. “He is the best player in the world by a long way and everyone knows that.”