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Barcelona star ruled out until 2022 with fresh injury setback

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Pedri will not be able to play for Barcelona again until January due to a muscle injury.

Barcelona have suffered a major injury blow at the beginning of their journey under Xavi Hernandez. They will not have their key midfielder Pedri at their disposal until January.

Pedri suffered a muscle injury at the beginning of the season. However, he has not been able to shrug off the injury since then, suffering two relapses. 

Last season, Pedri was among the players with the most minutes in La Liga, featuring in 73 games for the Catalans. Due to his injury setbacks, the 19-year-old has made only four appearances for the Blaugrana in their current campaign.

When will Pedri return?

According to AS, Pedri will not be able to make his Barcelona return until January 2022. The Spanish outlet claims Xavi has decided to give the player more time and start his recovery from scratch. 

In a pre-match interview ahead of Barca’s 0-0 draw against Benfica, Xavi was asked about Pedri’s situation.

“Pedri? He is celebrating the Golden Boy, he deserves it,” he said. “At just 17-18 years old, he has made the difference, it is a prestigious award.

“He has had a difficult time with the injury, he has had a small complication.

“I hope that he can return as soon as possible. There is no return date, but what’s important is that he returns well after this second setback.”

What this means for Barcelona?

Pedri’s injury has provided more game time for Nico Gonzalez and Gavi this season. Both youngsters have displayed great potential this season, generating rumours around Barca’s tendency to sell Pedri. 

Bayern Munich are reportedly big fans of Pedri, planning to make a bid for the Spaniard. However, the Barcelona star’s €1 billion release clause might scare the German side away as they are famous for their cautious approach to new signings.

After a disappointing goalless draw against Benfica on Tuesday, Barcelona will continue their league campaign with two challenging matches. 

The Catalans will face Villarreal on Saturday before meeting Real Betis a week later. Barcelona will then travel to Allianz Arena to fight for a European win against Bayern Munich.