In a fresh injury blow, Barcelona have confirmed that midfield prodigy Nico Gonzalez has fractured a toe in his left foot and is currently unavailable for selection.
The 20-year-old La Masia graduate has enjoyed his breakthrough season this year and has been a part of the first-team squad both under Ronald Koeman and Xavi Hernandez.
However, his game-time has taken a hit since the turn of the year, with Xavi preferring to use Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Gavi ahead of the Spanish prospect.
Nico, so far, has made 37 senior appearances for Barça this term, scoring and assisting two goals apiece.
However, the midfielder is now set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing a toe. Barcelona released an official statement confirming the injury which read:
“The first team player Nico González has fractured the fourth toe of his left foot. The Blaugrana midfielder is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return.”
While the club have not revealed any information regarding the extent of his injury, RAC1 has come up with an update on the matter, stating that the 20-year-old could be out for the remainder of the season.
Barcelona still have matches left for the season and have already seen Pedri and Sergino Dest get ruled out for the rest of the 2021/22 season. Now, Nico, too, could be sidelined for the remaining five matches, which will make things tricky for manager Xavi.
The Catalan giants take on RCD Mallorca up next in La Liga at Camp Nou on Sunday.