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André Gomes Injury Not as Bad as First Feared

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This could make his chances of leaving better

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Good news for the birthday boy. André Gomes will only miss four to five weeks due to injury, much less than the original projection of around two months, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The player went off hurt during Barcelona’s first preseason game, a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur that saw the blaugrana win the ensuing penalty shootout 5-4.

Because the injury isn’t as bad, he will be fit to play very early in the season, which makes a possible exit less complicated, should he and the team decide that is the way to go.

If not, Gomes would at least be ready to challenge for minutes in Ernesto Valverde’s rotation earlier than expected.