Barcelona dealt fresh injury blow during Mallorca clash

Xavi’s Barcelona have tonight been dealt yet another blow on the personnel front.

As much comes after a key member of the Blaugrana’s attacking ranks was forced into a premature departure from their La Liga meeting with Mallorca.

The player in question? Raphinha.

Wide-man Raphinha, for his part, was afforded his latest start on Friday, tested in a new-look midfield role owing to the injuries suffered by Pedri and Frenkie de Jong last time out.

Late in the first-half in Catalunya, however, disaster struck once more.

This came as the Brazilian pulled up with what appeared to be an ankle problem.

Though he initially managed to run the issue off, it soon flared back up, leaving Raphinha with little choice but to limp from the field of play, replaced by Fermín López.

It now remains to be seen whether the former Leeds United standout is facing up to any kind of extended spell on the sidelines.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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