- Gerard Pique inspired Barcelona to an epic win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey
- The 34-year-old suffered what looked like a minor injury during that encounter
- A fresh Barcelona statement claims the Spaniard will be out of action for some time
Following his heroics in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey, Gerard Pique has been ruled out after he suffered an injury.
The Spaniard sustained an injury late in the game but it appeared not to be serious as he was just treated on the sidelines before he continued.
Barcelona secured their place in the Copa final by overcoming a 2-0 first-leg deficit, thanks largely to Pique's late header that forced extra-time.
A club statement cited by SunSport said that the player will now spend some time on the sidelines.
"A medical evaluation and test carried out this morning have shown that Gerard Pique has sprained the Medial Collateral Ligament in his right knee.
"He is out and his recovery will determine his availability."
But Barcelona will be relieved that this latest setback is not a recurrence of the same problem, which had affected his anterior cruciate ligament.
Pique's header was part of an unlikely comeback for Ronald Koeman's side, who had appeared destined to end the season without silverware.
A goal each from Martin Braithwaite, Gerard Pique, and Ousmane Dembele gave the Catalans the victory as an edge towards winning their first title this season.
After the game, the Catalan giants then took the opportunity to lash out at the Andalusian club over their Twitter post which obviously didn't sit well with Barca a few weeks ago.
In their response, Barca told their visitors that football is all about respect and in the end, wished them a wonderful night.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is reportedly shopping for an apartment in Paris, the French capital, ahead of his potential bid to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The 33-year-old whose contract with the Catalan giants lapses at the end of the season remains linked with a move away from the club.
He is yet to renew his contract with the club as reports say he will only wait until the season ends before deciding his future.
It was gathered that the legend is already looking at real estate in the French capital in the meantime.
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