Pedri on injury: “It was a tough blow because I was doing very well.”

Less than a week after coming off injured against Manchester United in the Europa League, Pedri spoke publicly after receiving the award for the club’s player of the season last season.

The Barcelona midfielder admitted that he is disappointed to have picked up the knock, but is looking to the future with optimism.

“It was a tough blow to take because I was doing very well, but it’s about recovering and getting back to helping the team and my team-mates. It’s much worse from the outside. I prefer to be on the pitch, but I have full confidence in the team. We’re looking forward to playing this type of game, at a ground like Old Trafford, one that motivates and excites us.”

Pedri is likely to be kept out of action for a minimum of four weeks, meaning he could miss a total of six games: the next four La Liga games (Cadiz, Almeria, Valencia and Athletic), the return leg against United in the Europa League and the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid.

Barça beat Cádiz

Although the game against Cádiz was not Barça’s best game of the season, Xavi came away with some positives, including the performances of Sergi Roberto and Ferran Torres.

Sergi Roberto scored the opening goal of the game at Camp Nou on Sunday and set up Robert Lewandowski to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

His performance won’t have done him any harm as Xavi decides the midfield that will play at Old Trafford without Pedri on Thursday.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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