Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba was the only man not smiling in the dressing room at Camp Nou after Saturday's 2-1 win against Getafe in La Liga.
Alba was really shaken up after suffering another injury, his third of the season. He was forced off after just 20 minutes, replaced by Junior Firpo.
The Spain international was close to tears on the bench after coming off and his mood did not improve after the game, despite the support and affection he received from his teammates.
Alba's been stopped in his tracks just when he was reaching his physical peak, as revealed by new coach Quique Setien's reports.
Alba is aware that big games are coming up, above all the away game against Napoli in the Champions League (Feb. 25) and the Clasico at Real Madrid (March 1). There are also Spain games at the end of March.
The Barça defender was recently out for a month with a hamstring problem but was finally. getting back to top speed, which is why the adductor injury has hit him especially hard.
What is clear is that keeping in mind the precedents and what the team has ahead of them, despite the initial diagnosis being three weeks out, both the coaches and the medical team will take things slowly. The idea is to prepare a special plan for Alba and to manage his minutes between now and the end of the season to avoid risks.