Pedri, de Jong could return for Barcelona vs Atletico; Dembele, Christensen out for longer
After their goalless draw against Girona in La Liga on Monday night, Barcelona have greeted some mixed news on the injury front.
According to a report from Ricard Torquemada on Catalunya Radio, Barcelona midfield duo of Pedri and Frenkie de Jong could return from injury for the clash against Atletico Madrid. However, both Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen are expected to be out for longer.
Barça have been without Dembele for more than three months now, with the winger injuring himself in late January against Girona. While it was initially expected that he would be back in 5-6 weeks, the recovery has gone much slower than anticipated.
Given his injury history, Barcelona are unwilling to take any risk on him by rushing him back. Hence, it seems like his return at this point is still undetermined, with the Frenchman unlikely to be back against Atletico Madrid on April 23.
As for Christensen, the Dane suffered an injury while away on international duty last month. An important cog in the side, it had been previously reported that he could be back for the Atletico clash or the subsequent match against Rayo Vallecano at the latest.
But a return against the Rojiblancos does not seem to be on the cards any longer. Whether he makes it in time for the trip to Vallecano on April 26 remains to be seen.
But the good news is that both Pedri and de Jong could be ready to play against Diego Simeone’s side in less than two weeks.
Pedri has been out of action since mid-February. He was close to returning last month against Real Madrid but suffered a relapse in training, leading to an extended spell on the sidelines.
As for de Jong, he suffered an injury during the match against Los Blancos just before the international break. He was expected to be back for the upcoming match against Getafe itself, but fans might have to wait until the Atletico clash to see him return.
Manager Xavi Hernandez lamented over the absence of both midfielders during the game against Girona last night, claiming that the duo offers something ‘out of the ordinary’ on the pitch. Their potential return, thus, will be a big boost for Barcelona.