FC Barcelona have confirmed that French defender Lucas Digne was taken off during the 4-1 win over Villarreal with a hamstring problem.
Digne underwent tests at the training ground on Sunday, although Barça have not revealed how long he will be out of action for.
A statement read: “Lucas Digne was replaced by Jordi Alba in the 75th minute against Villareal when the result was 3-1. Tests done on Sunday have confirmed that he has an overload in the biceps femoris [hamstring] of the right leg. His evolution will mark his availability.”
Luis Enrique has been expected to name his Gala XI against Villarreal, but caught everyone by surprise by including Digne instead of Alba.
Barça have just two league games to play – against Las Palmas and Eibar – and need a Real Madrid slip up if they are to win the title.
They also still have the Copa del Rey final to come, at the end of May against Alaves at Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium.
Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year, the front line formed by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez has surpassed 100 goals in all competitions, showing the attacking trio to be the masters of their craft.
And yet, Barcelona still doesn’t have a guarantee of a title this season.
At this stage, Luis Enrique’s side are just seven away from the record set by Tito Vilanova (115), however, this year the league title seems more complicated than usual.
LaLiga is already into its final moments and the Catalans still remain in the hands of Real Madrid in the fight for the domestic championship.
While they wait for Los Blancos to stumble, the Blaugrana are playing their part, and in some matches – such as last Saturday when Villarreal were thrashed – they’ve been brilliant.
On that occasion, all three members of the attacking trident saw a goal.
With such effectiveness, it is understandable that Luis Enrique has a hard time rotating.
First to leave was Pedro, then others like Sandro and Munir followed, and that’s also the reason why the club had so much difficulty finding a striker last summer.
No one, except Paco Alcacer, was about to join and then have to fight to get minutes on the pitch.