HomeLaLigaBarcelona defender Pique sidelined with persistent thigh injury

Barcelona defender Pique sidelined with persistent thigh injury

FILE PHOTO: FC Barcelona’s soccer player Gerard Pique attends a news conference after he signs a renewal contract at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will spend time on the sidelines after suffering a flare-up of the tendinopathy affecting his thigh, the LaLiga club said on Thursday.

The centre back has played 39 times for Barcelona in all competitions this season, last featuring in their 2-1 league win over Mallorca last weekend.

Barcelona did not put a timeline on Pique’s recovery.

“(Pique) has suffered a flare-up of the tendinopathy affecting the adductor longus muscle in his left thigh. He is out and his recovery will determine his availability,” Barcelona tweeted.

With the league title already sealed by Real Madrid, Barcelona are looking to finish second. They have 66 points, two more than third-placed Sevilla, with four games left.

Barcelona travel to Real Betis on Saturday.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)