Barcelona boss Xavi provides Pique injury update


The Blaugrana saw their seasoned leader forced from the field after picking up another knock against Real Mallorca.

Barcelona boss Xavi has actually given an update on the latest injury problem suffered by Gerard Pique, with the Liga giants hoping their talismanic existence will not be out for long as they stay "more secure" when he plays.

The 35-year-old World Cup winner lasted simply 28 minutes of the Liga clash with Real Mallorca before having to be replaced by Eric Garcia.Barca were able to declare a 2-1 victory, but Xavi is waiting on a complete update from his medical personnel before discovering how long Pique could be sidelined for.

How long will Pique be out for?

Xavi told press reporters: "Pique is in pain. He's attempting to come back.

" Pique was feeling good before the match. He started extremely well, however then he felt pain and asked for an alternative. I thank Gerard for his leadership. The team needs him, when he plays we feel more safe and secure."

What is Fati's best position for Barcelona?

While the Blaugrana suffered a physical fitness blow when it comes to Pique, they did welcome teenage forward Ansu Fati back into their fold against Real Mallorca for the first time since January.

Xavi stated of the returning La Masia academy graduate: "Everyone did a fantastic task. I more than happy that Ansu Fati is back.

" I'm very delighted with Fati's return, he's a special player. He's a terrific player and we've been missing him for months."

Pushed even more on what Fati's best position for Barca will be in the coming years, Xavi included: "I see Ansu Fati as more of a number nine."

Will Memphis be staying at Barcelona?

Barca have a lot of attacking alternatives at their disposal as Fati forces his way back in, with Netherlands international Memphis Depay beginning and scoring in the narrow win over Mallorca.

Questions have actually been asked of the length of time he will be sticking around in Catalunya as he approaches the final 12 months of a two-year contract, however Xavi is reluctant to be drawn into that argument.He stated: "I'm not discussing the future, I'm discussing today and the games to come.

" Memphis played today due to the fact that he had a marvelous week of training. Another player would have lowered his arms and he hasn't, we need players with this mindset and mindset."

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