Barcelona's Rafinha out long-term with knee ligament injury, Sergi Roberto could miss a month

Rafinha
Image: Barcelona's Rafinha faces surgery on a ruptured ACL

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing a knee ligament in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Rafinha was injured not long after coming on as a second-half sub at Wanda Metropolitano but managed to get through to the final whistle as Barcelona scored late to secure a 1-1 draw.

However, a scan has shown the damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and Barcelona have confirmed he will need surgery.

A statement read: "Rafinha has a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee. In the next few days we will proceed with surgical treatment."

Barcelona will also be without the player he replaced - Sergi Roberto - for up to a month due to a hamstring injury.

Sergi Roberto
Image: Sergi Roberto was also hurt against Atletico Madrid

Sergi will miss at least a couple of La Liga fixtures as well as Champions League dates with PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham.

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Barcelona's medical update continued: "Sergi Roberto will be out for between three to four weeks with a rupture of the hamstring in his left leg."

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