BARCELONA: Barcelona will be without defender Gerard Pique for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid and the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid due to a hairline fracture in his right hip.
The Spanish international is expected to be sidelined for four weeks in total, the club confirmed, and may also miss the Champions League semi-finals should Barca make it to the last four after being held 1-1 at home by Atletico in the first leg of their tie on Tuesday.
Pique had to be substituted just 10 minutes into the Catalans clash against Diego Simeone’s men after falling awkwardly as he contested an aerial ball with Diego Costa.
Atletico frontman Costa then had to be replaced himself 19 minutes later as he pulled up with a hamstring injury. However, Simeone refused to speculate on how long his top scorer could be out for until further tests are carried out today. REUTERS