There were rumours in the leading to the game against Athletic Bilbao that the club doctors had asked Gerard Pique to relax in order to avoid an injury. The Spaniard was uninterested in the idea and proceeded to train normally.
However, only hours before the game, a flurry of rumors indicated that everything was well with the experienced center-back and pushed the news of him starting the crucial match.
Pique did, in fact, start the game with Eric Garcia. However, late in the first half, the towering defender went down and signaled to the sideline that he could not continue.
According to AS, tests revealed that the Ex-Manchester United defender suffered an elongation of his left leg's Soleus muscle. The Spain International will be out of action for three to six weeks as a result of the injury.
This is a setback for Ronald Koeman's side. The season's injury bandwagon has already begun, and it's just Matchday 2.
The Dutch manager is in a difficult situation ahead of next week's home game against Getafe. Eric Garcia has been suspended, although he will be unavailable for the next two weeks due to a two-week vacation. Pique is also no longer available for selection.
All indications point to Ronald Araujo and Clement Lenglet starting against Michel's side on Sunday. At San Mames, the Uruguayan delivered a reassuring performance, including a controversially disallowed goal. His French partner's performance, on the other hand, remain to be seen.
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