Rafinha to miss 2015-16 season following ACL surgery
Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ruled out for the 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Roma.
In the 61st minute of Wednesday’s match, Rafinha came in for Ivan Rakitic, but it took only a minute for Nainggolan to tackle the Brazilian form behind and leave the 22-year-old in a crumpled heap on the pitch, writhing in obvious pain.
Rafinha was then stretchered off the pitch by the club’s medical staff and was replaced by Mascherano.
Rafinha underwent a series of tests in the dressing room and was seen leaving on crutches as the team flew back to Barcelona.
The La Masia graduate underwent a series of tests on Thursday morning to determine the extent of the injury, which confirmed Barcelona’s worst possible fears: an anterior cruciate ligament tear.
On Thursday, Barcelona made the announcement that the promising young Brazilian international would miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season as he begins the lengthy recovery process.
“Tests this morning have revealed that FC Barcelona midfielder Rafael Alcántara — also known as ‘Rafinha’ — has suffered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg. He will undergo surgery in the coming days.”
Rafinha has been invaluable to Luis Enrique this season, even starting over Leo Messi in last weekend’s win over Atletico Madrid, but the player will be ruled out for the remainder of 2015, where he will leave the squad without a replacement until Arda Turan can officially register in January.