Updates from Friday, May 16
Gerard Pique is fit for Barcelona's La Liga title showdown with Atletico Madrid.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan paraphrased an update from the Spanish version of Barcelona's official website:
Pique, Jordi Alba & Neymar all declared fit, in a supersize 24 man Barca squad for Atletico tomorrow... http://t.co/hQnvTCaU2j— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 16, 2014
Martino on Pique, Neymar & Alba "They are not in the best condition, but they do not have to play six games, just one 90 minutes.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 16, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
Gerard Pique remains a doubt for Barcelona's La Liga title decider against Atletico Madrid.
Barca's official website reported on Tuesday that he trained alone due to his hip problem:
After the draw against Elche, Barça were back in training this morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper as they began preparations for Saturday's title showdown with Atletico Madrid.
Of the team's injured players, Gerard Piqué began training on the pitch, though still apart from the rest of the group whilst Neymar and Jordi Alba did specific recovery work.
Updates from Monday, April 14
AS (via Rac1) reports Gerard Pique will not play in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday:
Here's more on that story: According to Rac1 Piqué is out for the final http://t.co/v1DpOIJJ0V— AS English (@English_AS) April 14, 2014
Gerard Pique was forced to exit Barcelona's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the 11th minute after picking up an injury.
After colliding with Atletico forward Diego Costa, the Barca centre-back told manager Gerardo Martino that he needed to come out of the game, per the club's Twitter account:
Min 11: Piqué asks to be subbed out - he seems to have picked up an injury in a previous collision with Diego Costa. #FCBLive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 1, 2014
The Associated Press (via Fox Sports) announce Pique has a hairline fracture in his hip:
Barcelona says defender Gerard Pique will be sidelined for four weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture of his right hip in Tuesday's 1-1 Champions League quarterfinal draw against Atletico Madrid
You can see the incident below:
Pique was replaced with Marc Bartra:
Kieran Canning of the Agence France Press thinks the injury could have a massive impact on Barcelona:
The tie could easily be decided on that Pique injury. Has held Barca defence together at times this season. Was excellent v Atletico in Jan— Kieran Canning (@KieranCanning) April 1, 2014
Pique has undoubtedly been a key part of the Barca defence this season. The reigning Spanish league champions have had their fair share of problems at the back, so to lose a player of Pique's ability can be tough to overcome.
Not only could this adversely affect Barcelona in the Champions League, but they're also a point back of Atletico in the league table. Getting back on top may be impossible if Pique is forced to miss an extended period of time.