Terrible, terrible news for Barcelona and Brazilian midfielder Rafinha Alcântara, who is set to miss four months after undergoing an arthroscopic surgery on the internal meniscus in his right knee, the club announced on Friday.
The diagnosis is much worse than initially expected, and now the Brazilian will also miss the upcoming preseason tour in the United States.
Rafinha suffered the injury in the first few minutes of last Sunday's La Liga match against Granada. The Brazilian has had the best season of his Barça career, with seven goals in 28 appearances across all competitions. Rafinha also became an integral part of Barça's new tactical system, the 3-3-1-3 formation where he played on the right side.
Injuries have unfortunately been a big part of Rafinha's career, and they always happen during his best moments in a Blaugrana shirt. He's torn his cruciate ligament, broke his nose and now suffered another knee injury, along with countless muscular problems that have plagued Rafinha's career.
There is a hashtag that you can use on social media to send your best wishes. #ForçaRafinha!