The injury deprives Barcelona of Pique against Dynamo Kiev in Champions League

BERLIN: Barcelona’s Spanish soccer team loses the services of their veteran defender Gerard Pique during his bout with their Ukrainian host, Dynamo Kiev, on Tuesday, in Champions League. Pique was replaced 70 minutes after Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with host Deportivo Alaves on Saturday in the Spanish league. The club confirmed that Pique suffered from calf discomfort, adding that further tests revealed that he suffered from muscle fatigue that would keep him out of stadiums “for the foreseeable future.” This means the absence of Pique, 34, from taking on Dynamo Kyiv, as well as the team’s meeting with his host Celta Vigo next Saturday in the Spanish league, before the competition was suspended due to the next international matches. month. Pique scored Barcelona’s only goal during the 1-0 win over Ukrainian rival, which gave the Spanish team their first Group E win in the continental league, as they occupy third place in standings, one point behind Benfica, second Portuguese, after the first three rounds have passed. Pique played 13 games for Barcelona in various competitions in this season. It is also possible that Argentine striker Sergio Aguero will miss Barcelona after being brought in hospital for cardiac checks, after feeling dizzy in field, to be replaced during the match against Alaves. However, there was better news on Sunday, as Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, and Frenkie de Jong were in able to complete some of the team’s training after recovering from recent injuries. (Dpa)

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