Frenkie de Jong's Injury Puts Barcelona in Squad Rotation Mode
Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong is facing an extended period on the sidelines due to an ankle injury he sustained over the weekend, as confirmed by manager Xavi. Prior to this setback, the 26-year-old Dutch midfielder had been an ever-present figure for Barcelona in LaLiga this season, playing every minute of their matches.
Xavi expressed the importance of de Jong in the team's playing style, acknowledging his excellent form before the injury. Regarding the timeline for his recovery, Xavi explained that it largely depends on how de Jong feels, and the earliest return is anticipated after the upcoming international break in October.
Barcelona's upcoming fixtures include a match against Real Mallorca, a home game versus Sevilla, and a Champions League group stage clash with Porto on October 4th. They are also scheduled to play Granada in the league on October 8th just before the international break.
Given the absence of de Jong and with midfielder Pedri nursing a thigh injury, Xavi indicated that squad rotation will be necessary for the upcoming matches. He emphasized the need to prevent injuries by regularly rotating two or three players per game, not only for their Champions League campaign but also for LaLiga matches. This strategy aims to maintain the team's competitiveness while managing the fitness of the squad during this challenging period.