The Netherlands international who joined Barcelona from Ajax this season is reportedly angry with the club’s medical department for the way his injury has been diagnosed.
Frenkie De Jong started for Barcelona as the season resumed and they were back to LaLiga action on 13th June. Barcelona won 4-0 against Mallorca. After that match, De jong has been sidelined with injury.
According to a report by Cat Radio, the midfielder is now aware that his calf problem has probably ruled him out for the rest of the LaLiga campaign. He is unhappy with the diagnosis of his injury and is threatening to return to the Netherlands to recover from the injury.
The medical team could not diagnosis the depth of the injury and cleared him to play the first match which has further worsen the injury and now De Jong will miss out on the rest of the season unexpectedly.
This is not the first time, a Barcelona player is angry on the medical team. Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti are also on that list. Both of them are in Qatar for treatment on respective injuries rather than to go with the club’s own physio team.
Several other Barcelona players are also unhappy with the way injuries are being handled and ‘there is a growing unease’ in the dressing room among the squad.
Barcelona manager Setien is still insisting that the injury is not that bad and De Jong will return soon. But De Jong himself disagrees and thinks that this season is over for him.
Setien told: “He has a small injury in the area of his calf and we’ll see how he progresses. But I’m sure he’ll be able to play a few games. He’s a complete player because he gives us a lot of things when we have the ball, but he’s also physical and covers a lot of space.”
“He’s young, he has dynamism, enthusiasm and quality. He’s learning many things we’ve been trying to improve. It’s true that he’s an important loss and he could help us a lot. We’re a little upset that he’s not there, but these are things you have to adapt to.”
Meanwhile, Setien said Dembele is progressing well in his recovery from a thigh injury but his return to group training ‘will have to wait’.
De Jong had been an almost ever-present in the team this season before that injury. He made 38 appearances in all competitions and missing just three games. He has also scored two goals and provided two assists this season.
Is something really wrong behind the scenes in Barcelona? Dembele’s Barcelona career has been marred by injuries. Who’s fault is that?
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