Barcelona Hit By Fresh Sergio Aguero Injury Blow

Sergio Aguero

Getty Sergio Aguero is unveiled at Barcelona

Barcelona has confirmed that new signing Sergio Aguero will be out of action for 10 weeks after picking up a calf injury in training.

The Argentine was expected to make his debut in Sunday’s Joan Gamper Trophy match against Juventus but was ruled out of the game along with defender Clement Lenglet. Barca’s released an official statement which offered a few more details on the duo’s injury problems.

“Philippe Coutinho has been passed fit to return to action but Clément Lenglet and Sergio Agüero are both out. The French defender has a tendon problem in his right knee and is ruled out with his return depending on his recovery. The Argentine striker has a right calf injury and will undergo more tests to find out the exact extent of the injury.”

There was no mention of the severity of the injury, but initial reports suggested Aguero would miss the start of the new La Liga season. According to Javi Miguel at Diario AS, the club’s medical services were “already openly talking about three to four weeks off.”

However, it’s now clear that Aguero will not feature until October at the earliest. The Argentine underwent a scan on Monday morning that showed Aguero has suffered a tendon tear in his right calf, according to Miguel.

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More Bad News For Barcelona

News of Aguero’s injury comes at a bad time for Barcelona. The Catalan giants waved an emotional farewell to captain Lionel Messi on Sunday after 21 trophy-packed years at the club.

The 34-year-old made it clear at a press conference that he had not wanted to leave the club and that it’s a difficult moment for him, as reported by the club’s official website.

“It’s time to say goodbye to Barça. It has been a long time, all my life. I can’t be more proud of what I have done and experienced in the city and I know that after a few years away I will be be back – that I have promised to my kids also,” he said. “It’s really difficult to leave after so many years. After spending most of my life here, I was convinced I could continue here at home. I was not prepared. Last year I was, I was convinced about leaving but this year no.”

Argentina international colleagues Messi and Aguero had been expected to play together at club level for the first time at Barca, but the 34-year-old is now expected to move to French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona Injuries Piling Up

The injuries to Aguero and Lenglet also mean that coach Ronald Koeman has plenty of selection issues ahead of the new season. Midfielders Frenkie de Jong and Gavi could also miss the start of the season after picking up problems in pre-season.

Koeman is already without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati due to injury with all three set to miss the start of the new campaign.

Barca endured a poor start in Koeman’s first season in charge in 2020-21 and will want to avoid a repeat this time around. Yet Messi’s departure and the injury situation means the Catalans are facing a tricky opening to the campaign.

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