Injuries continue to be a problem for Barcelona even after the 2019/20 La Liga season resumed. The club confirmed on Sunday that Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong is currently dealing with a muscle injury and will be out indefinitely.
De Jong missed Barca’s two previous games, against Leganes and Sevilla, with the club previously stating that he’s dealing with an unspecified injury. The Catalan giant now shared further details, saying that the 23-year-old midfielder went through further tests over the weekend that shows issues in his right calf.
According to the club, there is no timeline for De Jong’s return to action at the moment.
“The clinical follow-up on Frenkie De Jong has uncovered an injury in the soleus of his right leg,” said Barca in a statement. “The evolution of the injury will condition the player’s availability.”
After joining Barcelona from Ajax last July, Frenkie de Jong quickly became indispensable for the Spanish club. He played 38 appearances in all competitions in the 2019/20 season and contributed with two goals and two assists.
De Jong’s absence comes at a critical moment for Barcelona as the club attempts to win their third straight La Liga title. Barca is currently sitting at No.2 on the standings with the same number of points as first-placed Real Madrid. There are eight games left in the season.