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Barcelona’s Pedri in Tears After Suffering Fresh Injury Setback

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Another Blow for the Young Midfielder

Barcelona’s talented midfielder Pedri couldn’t hold back his emotions after sustaining yet another injury during the match against Athletic Bilbao. The 21-year-old Spanish player has faced a challenging season, with repeated fitness issues forcing him off the pitch.

Recurring Fitness Struggles

Pedri’s season has been marred by injuries, having been previously sidelined for two months with a hamstring problem. Further muscular issues saw him miss additional games. Despite starting in six of Barcelona’s last eight league fixtures, his woes continued as he was forced to leave Sunday’s game with Bilbao prematurely.

Distress on the Sidelines

The incident occurred towards the end of the first half when Pedri fell to the ground following an awkward collision. He was replaced by the young Lamine Yamal and was visibly upset, covering his face with his shirt and shedding tears on the bench, surrounded by his supportive teammates.

A Troubling Injury Record

With 71 games missed over the past three seasons, Pedri’s promising career has been consistently hampered by injuries. This latest setback is a significant blow not only for the player but also for Barcelona, who had to substitute another key midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, due to injury in the same match.

Xavi Expresses Concern

Post-match comments from Barcelona’s manager Xavi hinted at the severity of the situation. “Pedri and De Jong’s injuries do not look good, unfortunately. It seems serious,” he said, indicating a potentially extended absence for both players.

Impact on Barcelona’s Campaign

Currently third in LaLiga and trailing leaders Real Madrid by eight points, Barcelona’s challenges are mounting. The team is now facing the prospect of entering the critical Champions League last-16 second leg against Napoli without Pedri and De Jong. The tie stands delicately poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, with Barcelona keen to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

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