Barcelona have confirmed that midfielder Carles Alena has successfully undergone sugery on a thigh injury in Finland.
The 20-year-old is expected to be out of action for up to three-and-a-half months as he recovers from the problem.
All of which means that Alena will miss all of Barcelona’s pre-season and the start of the new campaign and is not expected to be ready to return until September at the earliest.
Alena has posted an update on Twitter.
He wrote: “It’s all gone great! The countdown begins... Thank you all very much for the messages of encouragement. Força Barça! #ÀnimsAleñá.”
Alena’s injury is a real blow for both the player and the club and comes at a bad time with the midfielder set to be promoted to the first-team squad.