Barcelona received more terrible news Friday when tests showed that forward Ansu Fati sustained a left hamstring injury.
The teenager had to be replaced in the first half of extra time in Barcelona’s 3-2 defeat against Athletic Bilbao in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
In addition to the Copa end, Barcelona as of late also had difficulties in the Spanish Super Cup and in the Champions League, where it get past the group stage. In the Spanish league, Barca trails leader Real Madrid by 17 with a game in hand.
Barca didn’t give an estimate for how long Fati is expected to be sidelined.
The 19-year-old Fati has played sparingly this season Barcelona because a series of injuries. He had gotten back to action last week after picking up an injury in a league match in November.