As reported by AS, after what would amount to 71 days out with injury, Barcelona midfielder Pedri (20) could make his return to the squad as the team travels to the Basque Country to play Real Sociedad on Saturday.
Since his arrival at Barcelona from Las Palmas in August 2020, the midfielder has been riddled with injuries, almost all of them involving thigh problems. In all, during his three years at Barcelona, he has missed a total of 378 days through injury, amounting to 68 games. It is generally thought that the origin of his continuing injury problems lies in the 2020-21 season under Dutch manager Ronald Koeman when he played in 73 matches in one season with the Spanish International also represented his country in the Euros and at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The midfielder from the Canary Islands suffered an injury in September 2021, which sidelined him for over 100 days, and from which it seems he has not fully recovered.
His most recent injury came on August 24, and he has been out of action since, despite hopes that he would get minutes against Athletic Club and Shakhtar Donetsk and thus be ready to start against Real Madrid.
Barcelona manager Xavi has reiterated that he does not want to rush Pedri back into the squad. However, with the recent performances of Gavi and Fermín, it won’t be easy for Pedri to regain his spot.
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