Barcelona receives relief as tests show Pedri’s injury isn’t severe

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The tests show it’s not a recurrence of the old injury, and the current one is in a favorable spot within the muscle group.

Good news surrounds Pedri González amid the hard blow that the injury to his right thigh rectus femoris muscle represented for Barcelona fans, suffered last Sunday at San Mamés. According to Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo, despite the misfortune, tests conducted on the Canary midfielder and their detailed analysis have revealed that it is not a recurrence in the same area where he was previously injured after taking a shot at goal during training. These tests have shown that the current injury is located in a favorable area of the affected muscle group and is not a large tear, thus the prognosis is more promising than Pedri’s distraught tears on the bench after being substituted off at San Mamés.

Barça believes he can safely make it to the Liga match against Real Madrid scheduled for April 21. A Clásico that could be decisive for Barça’s title aspirations or, at the very least, for securing the second place that guarantees access to the next Champions League and participation in the Spanish Super Cup. Before that match, the Champions League quarter-finals will take place in the preceding two weeks, but that scenario is not even considered, especially before Barça secures qualification, as they must face the second leg of the round of 16 against Napoli next week with a 1-1 draw from the first leg at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

The tangible fact is that Pedri could indeed be available for the Clásico if Xavi needs him, and furthermore, all the matches in May would still lie ahead. The Canary player is already undergoing treatment and is in good spirits. He was initially shocked and cried inconsolably because he thought it was a recurrence. However, he has recovered after learning that, despite the misfortune, the previous injury scar has not reopened, and instead, it is another small tear located in a favorable area. Now, he is focused on his recovery, following the habits he has already acquired, such as gluten-free diet, Pilates, the use of hyperbaric chambers, injury prevention treatment, and consultations with physiotherapist Raúl Martínez, a nationally recognized specialist.