Madrid - Barcelona midfielder
Rafinha has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will require
surgery, the club announced on Sunday.
Rafinha played on until
the end of Barca's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, despite
appearing to feel discomfort shortly after coming off the bench in the
Sergi Roberto had been the player replaced, with Barcelona
also confirming on Sunday he has a hamstring injury and is expected to
be out for three to four weeks.
Barcelona did not offer a
timescale for Rafinha's recovery but anterior cruciate ligament injuries
often take several months to heal.
A club statement said:
"Rafinha has a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left
knee. In the next few days we will proceed with surgical treatment."
is likely to miss Barca's remaining Champions League group games
against PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham, as well as La Liga fixtures at home
to Villarreal and away to Espanyol.
On Sergi, the club added:
"Sergi Roberto will be out for between three to four weeks with a
rupture of the hamstring in his left leg."
Unlike Sergi, Rafinha
has not been a regular in Barcelona's line-up this season, but the
Brazilian enjoyed a run in the side while Lionel Messi was injured last
He started against both Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano in
the league, as well as at home against Inter Milan in the Champions
League, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win.