€70m player’s physical condition raises concern among Barcelona fans


BILBAO, SPAIN - MARCH 03: Frenkie de Jong of FC Barcelona receives medical treatment after picking up an injury during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona at Estadio de San Mames on March 03, 2024 in Bilbao, Spain.
Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

The Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong had quite a turbulent 2023-24 season. He was frequently linked with a move away from the Catalan club, and he also exploded against the press in one of the press conferences for spreading false information about his wages.

Injuries also took a toll on the midfielder in the last campaign, and he had to miss the last phase of the season as he suffered a right ankle injury in the El Clasico against Real Madrid on 21st April 2024.

After that date, the Dutchman was unable to participate in the remaining matches for Barcelona, and also could not recover in time to participate in the UEFA EURO 2024 with the Netherlands.

However, he was among the players who underwent a medical test to start the preseason under Hansi Flick yesterday. These tests were important for the midfielder, who is also one of the captains for Barcelona, considering he has not yet recovered from this latest injury.

While the results of these tests were not made public, Barcelona fans were still left concerned about the state of De Jong’s ankle.

As Mundo Deportivo has reported, these fans were able to see quite clearly the Dutchman’s swollen right ankle in the media published by the club related to the medical checkups of the players who reported to Flick for the first day of the pre-season.

In these pictures, a clear difference between the player’s two ankles can be observed, which shows that he might need some more time to completely recover from this injury.

He might not be able to participate in the first training sessions with his teammates in such a condition. Flick has scheduled a double training session for today, and the presence or absence of the Dutchman will give a clearer idea of how his recovery is going.

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

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