According to manager Xavi, after suffering an ankle injury over the weekend, Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona won’t be able to play again until at least the following international break.
Before being replaced against Celta Vigo on Saturday, the 26-year-old Netherlands midfielder had played every minute of Barcelona’s La Liga games this season.
Xavi told the media that he’ll be a big loss for us on Monday. Given his excellent form, Frenkie is essential to our style of play.
“As for how long his injury will last, that really depends on him, but we’ll have to see how he feels after the next international break (in October).”
Later on Tuesday, Barcelona hosts Real Mallorca before hosting Sevilla and traveling to Porto on October 4 for a Champions League group stage match. On October 8, before the break, they play host to Granada in the league.
Xavi stated that he will have to rotate his team due to midfielder Pedri’s thigh injury and the next matches.
“We will rotate not just for the Champions League, but also for the next La Liga game,” he continued. Every game will include an average of two to three players rotating; this is how we know we need to prevent injuries.