Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde picked up an ankle injury and had to be replaced during Barca’s mini-Clasico clash against Real Madrid on Saturday.
The 18-year-old started the match but was replaced with less than 10 minutes on the clock at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.
Balde picked up the injury after a heavy tackle from Santos. The defender was able to walk off but looked in some distress as he went off.
Alejandro Balde devastated after picking up injury pic.twitter.com/bDyYSVeJLO— 9CAMPNOU (@9Campnou) January 29, 2022
It’s another tough blow for the youngster who has made six first-team appearances this season but is having a frustrating campaign.
Balde suffered a back injury at the start of the season which forced him out just when it looks as though he’d get a chance to impress in the first team as Jordi Alba was also sidelined.
The youngster was then sidelined again just after Christmas after testing positive for Covid-19 along with a host of other players at the Camp Nou.
There has been speculation that Balde could be included in a deal to bring in Nicolas Tagliafico in January but the defender reportedly isn’t interested in leaving.