Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ruled out for about six months after having knee surgery.
Rafinha tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during last month’s draw with Atletico Madrid.
“The operation was carried out by Dr. Ramon Cugat under the supervision of the medical services of the club, and he will be out of action for approximately six months,” said Barcelona in a statement.
It is his third serious knee injury, after tearing the ACL in his right knee in 2015 and missing seven months with a meniscus injury in 2017.
Barca are suffering from something of an injury crisis at present with Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Samper, Arthur and Luis Suarez all ruled out alongside Rafinha.
The Brazilian’s setback leaves boss Ernesto Valverde with just five recognised centre-midfielders in Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal.