The saddest moment of Barcelona's 6-0 victory over Deportivo Alavés on Saturday was the injury to full-back Aleix Vidal, who hurt his ankle in gruesome fashion after a challenge from Alavés defender Theo Hernández in the 85th minute of the match.
Barcelona released a statement a few hours after the game, confirming our worst fears: Vidal will be out for a long time.
Vidal was taken to a hospital in Vitoria, where it was confirmed that he had dislocated his right ankle, an injury which required an operation to reduce the swelling. He is expected to be out for five months.
Vidal was released from the hospital on Sunday morning:
Aleix Vidal released from hospital and heading back to Barcelona.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 12, 2017
Stay strong! #ÀnimsAleix pic.twitter.com/1nUcblRmPm
Aleix will now begin a painful and long rehabilitation process, and the timing of his injury couldn't be worse: he had recorded five assists and two goals in his last eight appearances for Barça, and was starting to establish himself as a very important part of the team. He's out for the season, and the Blaugrana will genuinely miss his speed and attacking prowess on the right-back position.
But the sport doesn't matter, now. All we care about is Vidal getting better. You're a fighter, Aleix. Get well soon. We love you.