The Danish defender hurt himself during the game against Finland
Andreas Christensen set alarm bells ringing at FC Barcelona. The Barcelona centre-back had to be substituted after 15 minutes due to a muscle injury in the Denmark-Finland game, corresponding to the opening day of the European Championship qualifiers. The medical tests that the Blaugrana defender underwent confirmed that he has a muscle tear in the calf of his left leg that will keep him out between three weeks and four weeks, according to the newspaper AS.
The news is a major setback for Blaugrana coach Xavi Hernandez, as the Dane will not be available for the last derby of the season, on April 5, in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, to be played at the Camp Nou.
Christensen is expected to travel to Barcelona this Friday to be examined by the club's medical services. The tests he will undergo should confirm the first diagnosis.
The Dane will miss at least the next three games against Elche, Real Madrid and Girona, and we will have to wait to see how his injury evolves to know if he will be able to make his comeback against Getafe on April 16, or against Atlético Madrid a week later.
During an attacking move by Finland that did not appear to be too dangerous, Christensen made an attempt to jump to try to clear an aerial ball. He was unable to execute the action, however, as he went to ground.
With the game already stopped, the centre-back moved his hand to his calf and immediately asked to be substituted.
Kasper Hjulmand, seeing the seriousness of the situation, quickly called on Nelsson who, with barely time to warm up, took Christensen's place on the pitch.
This is terrible news for Barça. Despite not raising excessive expectations after his arrival, Christensen has become a defensive pillar for Barça, and his absence is a severe setback for Xavi Hernandez.