Barcelona captain Sergi Roberto has joined the club’s growing injury list after being sidelined with an Achilles problem.
The 31-year-old has been ruled out of Saturday’s La Liga match against Villarreal, with early reports suggesting he will miss a couple of weeks.
Roberto has not been a regular this season for Xavi but his absence does leave the Barca manager with even less options.
“First team player Sergi Roberto has a problem in his left Achilles tendon. The player is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return,” the club said in a statement.
Roberto joins Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Marcos Alonso, Gavi, Inigo Martinez, Raphinha and Alejandro Balde on the club’s current injury list.
Barca’s injury problems continue to be a major source of frustration for Xavi.
The coach brought back Dr Ricard Pruna in 2021 in a bid to try and ease the issues but injuries continue to be a real problem for the club.