Sevilla have suffered a major blow after reports emerged that midfield general Grzegorz Krychowiak suffered a broken rib during the 5-4 defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup.
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Broken Rib Sidelines Krychowiak
Thursday, August 13
According to Football Espana, Krychowiak faces "a spell on the sidelines," quoting a statement released via the official Sevilla website, which read: “The Pole’s return to training will depend on his pain threshold. The team put in a titanic effort on Tuesday, Krychowiak even ending the game bandaged with a broken rib.”
The report includes no mention of precisely how long the midfielder could be out for, but Krychowiak's no-nonsense style of play might leave one under the impression that his threshold for pain is a high one.
Using WhoScored.com statistics, ArsenalFanTV illustrates just how important the 25-year-old was to Unai Emery's team last season:
The report makes note of Arsenal's alleged interest in Krychowiak—whose release stands at €30 million (£21.5 million)—insisting any potential switch could be endangered by his lack of fitness.
Sevilla open their La Liga campaign at Malaga on August 21 and will be hopeful of seeing Krychowiak make a return to fitness in time to feature against the Anchovies.