Piqué, with pain, in the match against Sevilla in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.JOSEP LAGO / AF
P While Messi celebrated alone and uncontrolled the 2-0, in extremis, of Barcelona against Sevilla, Gerard Piqué , author of the goal, he ran to a television camera and let out a cathartic scream. The central defender signed 55 goals in his career (five with Spain), some very celebrated with the one he signed in the win at the Bernabéu in 2009, few as decisive as this Wednesday against Sevilla to rescue Barça in a season that seemed condemned to stay again without opening the cabinets. Piqué, however, ended the duel against the Andalusian team with discomfort in his right knee. This morning, after the tests carried out, Barcelona reported that Piqué suffers a sprain in the internal lateral ligament. "It is low and its evolution will mark its availability," reported the Barça club. A new problem after overcoming the injury to the right knee. One of lime and one of sand for the 3.
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At the age of 33, after suffering a grade 3 sprain in the internal lateral ligament of the knee and a partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, Piqué dribbled to the operating room and opted for a conservative treatment. In the Barcelona Sports City his attitude was surprising: committed and motivated, ready to shorten his recovery as much as possible. He was out for 86 days and reappeared, as he wished, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against PSG. The return, in any case, was nothing heroic. Quite the opposite. The center-back passed Cain's to control Mbappé, one of the fastest footballers on the planet, and was portrayed in an image in which he tried, in vain, to stop the Frenchman by grabbing his shirt. PP Piqué, however, was the one more effusive in demanding patience from his teammates to rest with the ball. Griezmann, a specialist in this to be attentive to the cameras, an expert in the repercussion that this type of attitude can have, especially since there is no public in the stadiums (everything is heard), was annoyed by the exaggerated reproach of the central. "For me it's good to have people who react like this," Koeman justified Piqué after the win against PSG.
It was difficult for the Catalan to take command at Barcelona. In 2014, when Puyol and Valdés left, the dressing room chose Messi and Busquets to accompany Iniesta and Xavi in the quartet of brass. A year later, in 2015, the squad chose Mascherano instead of Piqué to replace Xavi. He had to wait three more years, until 2018, when after the goodbye of Mascherano and Iniesta, he was able to join the 31-year-old and after 10 in the first team as one of the captains of Barcelona.
And, now, when Barça de Koeman needs his maturity, injuries punish Piqué.