Barcelona dealt with another injury blow as top star is out against Tottenham in Champions League

Barcelona will be without Malcom for two weeks after an ankle injury. The emerging talent is set to miss the clash against Tottenham in the Champions League.

Barcelona confirmed on Thursday that Malcom will miss the next “10 to 15 days” after suffering a sprained ankle against Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday. The Brazilian was forced off late on after picking up the injury, but fortunately, it does not seem to be too serious a problem.

Signed for  £36.5 million in the summer from Bordeaux amid talk of a move to north London, the Brazilian has been in and out of Ernesto Valverde’s team since arriving in Spain. Having netted his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Inter Milan at the start of November, the 21-year-old doubled his tally for the club with a goal in Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over Cultural Leonesa in the Copa Del Rey.

However, he was unable to complete the final few minutes of the game after injuring his ankle following a slip.

Meanwhile, Tottenham travels to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp next week with their Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread. They need to get an equal or better result away at Barcelona, than what Inter Milan manage at home to PSV Eindhoven.
The news of Malcom’s injury has come out a bad time for Valverde with a number of key players ruled out at present.

Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez are expected to return by the turn of the year, while Rafinha is set to miss the remainder of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during their draw at Atletico Madrid in November. Samuel Umtiti, Arturo Vidal and Arthur are also out injured at present, although it’s not exactly clear when they will return to action for the La Liga champions.

Author’s Take:

Malcom has been playing well for Barcelona this season. He is a player who likely would have been elevated from a substitute to a starter. Now he is out, Barcelona have to decide whether to replace him with a player further down the pecking order, or play one of their regular, more dangerous starters.

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