Barcelona-bound Vitor Roque stretchered off in tears for Athletico Paranaense with Xavi's side fearing he could miss next three months

Vitor Roque Athletico Paranaense August 2023Getty
  • Vitor Roque suffered an ankle injury
  • Could be ruled out of action for three months
  • Barcelona agreed to sign Roque in the summer

WHAT HAPPENED? The future Barcelona star left the pitch just seven minutes into the game after a strong tackle from Internacional defender Nicolas Hernandez. According to ESPN, the player has ruptured a ligament in his right ankle and further tests will reveal if he needs to go under the knife.

It is expected that he will be out for at least three months, which means he might have potentially played his last match for his current club as the Brazilian Serie A campaign ends in December.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Roque's injury will be a matter of concern for the Catalan giants, who earlier in the summer, agreed on a fee of €35 million (£30m/$38.4m) plus add-ons with Athletico Paranaense for the 18-year-old forward. While the transfer has been finalised, it remains unclear if the Brazilian will move in the January transfer window or next summer.

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WHAT NEXT? Xavi's side will be next seen in action on Saturday when they face Celta Vigo in La Liga.