Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong put forth an absolutely sensational performance against Real Madrid of all opponents on matchday 26 of La Liga Santander and the final El Clasico of the league campaign this season.
Yet as always, when it rains it pours. Following the revelation that Ronald Araujo would be out injured for at least a couple of weeks, Frenkie De Jong follows suit. Reports by Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf suggest that the midfielder picked up an injury against Real Madrid and will now be out for an estimated 2-3 weeks period following an MRI scan.
On a rather positive note though, AS report that the Barcelona player is not in doubt for the upcoming El Clasico, once more being hosted at the Spotify Camp Nou, that will finalize the conclusion of the Copa Del Ray semi-final on the 5th of April, 2023.
Consequently, this means that Frenkie De Jong will indeed miss out on this upcoming international duty, as he will be rested instead. The Barcelona midfielder will thus be left excluded from the Netherlands’ UEFA Euro Qualifier games against France and Gibraltar.
The Dutchman has been in sensational form this season for FC Barcelona, and while his three-goal contributions themselves may not seem like too momentous a number, it is his involvement within the structure and complexities of Barcelona’s plans game in and game out that have cemented him as a major piece on Xavi Hernandez’s chess board.
A star performer, he continued his fine form in this most recent outing against Real Madrid as mentioned previously, and will now be aiming to find the best of fitness as soon as possible in order to make a timely return for Barcelona’s pivotal semi-final clash against Real Madrid.
Despite missing the international duty as a result, both Frenkie and Araujo may just find this to be a blessing in disguise in terms of their club objectives this season, as it allows them both ample amounts of rest and time to prepare.