Alves sidelined with groin injury while Busquets cleared
Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a groin injury in Sunday’s win over Athletic Bilbao, while Sergio Busquets has already been medically cleared.
Alves suffered the injury just 15 minutes into the match and was immediately replaced by midfielder-turned-right-back Sergi Roberto, who performed admirably while Alves underwent further tests in the dressing room.
Busquets was later injured following a challenge by Athletic striker Aritz Aduirz and was forced to leave the pitch in a stretcher with an ankle injury.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was optimistic in his post-match press conference, stating that he doesn’t believe that the injuries to either player will keep them out for any length of time, while also admitting that they aren’t having much luck keeping the players off the physio’s table.
Alves and Busquets both underwent tests on Monday morning to determine the extent of the injuries, where it was determined that Alves would miss time due to the severity of his injury, but the club did not give a timetable for his recovery.
Meanwhile, the blaugrana medical staff have cleared Sergio Busquets, as his ankle injury is not as severe as originally thought and the midfielder will likely be available for this weekend’s La Liga clash against Malaga.
Due to Alves’ absense, Sergi Roberto is expected to get the starting nod at right-back after his strong performance at his new position against Athletic.