Midfielder Pedri is not expected to return for Barcelona until 2022 when he continues to fight for a thigh injury.
The youngster, who recently received the Golden Boy award, has been battling the problem all season. He was rushed back to the meeting with Benfica on September 29, only to aggravate the injury and kick-start a few months of hell.
Since he went down with that injury, Pedri’s recovery has returned twice, most recently just a few minutes after he returned cautiously to training on grass.
The new manager Xavi has kept an eye on the situation as part of his ongoing attempt to rejuvenate the club’s medical facilities, and according to AS, the decision has been made to start all over again from scratch with Pedri’s recovery.
It goes without saying that Xavi and his team have dug up some flaws and imbalances in Pedri’s previous recovery plans, so they have started the whole process again in the hope of finally coming up with a way to overcome this thigh injury.
Unfortunately, this renewed effort will mean that Pedris 2021 is over and the club’s doctors have already told Xavi that he will not be able to count on the 19-year-old for more than a month.
Barcelona want to be incredibly careful with Pedri and seem to have finally accepted that his body needs to be taken care of properly after a season where he played a ridiculous 74 matches for club and country.
Fortunately for Xavi, this latest setback comes at a time when Barcelona are actually not doing so badly with midfield injuries.
Only Sergi Roberto is sidelined with a muscle injury, leaving the experienced duo Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets, with youngsters Gavi, Nico and Riqui Puig all available as well.
Later on, winger Ansu Fati is believed to have told Xavi that he plans to return from his problem with the tendon in time to the December chalk against Bayern Munich.
Like Pedri, Fati has so far this season been plagued by various injuries, but there is optimism that he will return in time to take on the German champions.