Barcelona forward Raphinha sidelined by thigh injury

By Sports Desk January 12, 2024

Barcelona have revealed Raphinha will be out for an indefinite period due to a thigh injury sustained in the Spanish Super Cup win against Osasuna.

The Brazil forward was withdrawn in the first half as Barca booked their place in Sunday’s final against arch-rivals Real Madrid in Riyadh by beating Osasuna 2-0 on Thursday night.

Barcelona said on their official website: “Tests carried out on the first-team player Raphinha have revealed that the he has an injury to his biceps femoris muscle in his left thigh.

“He is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return.

“The Brazilian forward was injured in the first half of the 2-0 win against Osasuna in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final and was replaced by Lamine Yamal.

“The game in Riyadh was Raphinha’s 20th appearance this season for the Blaugranes in which he has scored four goals.”

Raphinha was signed from Leeds in July for a fee worth up to £55million, having made 65 Premier League appearances for the Yorkshire club.

The 27-year-old has scored three goals in 15 LaLiga matches for the Catalans.

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