Rival Watch: Inter Milan star midfielder is expected to miss the UEFA Champions League game against Barcelona.
Barcelona has had bad luck thus far during the current international break, having to deal with the injuries of several key players, including Ronald Araujo.
Injuries that occurred right before the demanding October schedule could prove to be a significant obstacle for the Catalans in their quest to remain competitive in both the domestic title race and the UEFA Champions League.
However, Barcelona recently received a rare positive when Marcelo Brozovic of Inter Milan was forced to miss a significant amount of time due to an adductor injury, according to Mundo Deportivo.
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The midfielder will miss the forthcoming Champions League matches against Barcelona since he is expected to be absent for at least three to four weeks. He probably won’t be available for both games because the two clubs are scheduled to play one after the other.
This should be a huge plus for Barcelona, who needs to beat Inter Milan badly if they are to guarantee a top-two finish in the group.
The Catalans had a spectacular 5-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen to kick off their Champions League campaign.
The outcome of the two games against Inter Milan might have a significant impact on their fate in the group stages after they were defeated 2-0 by Bayern Munich.
In that regard, Barcelona, who has superb technical quality in the middle of the park and has what it takes to dominate the Nerazzurri, should substantially profit from the absence of a star midfielder like Brozovic.
The match between Barcelona and Inter Milan is scheduled for October 4 in San Siro, with the Italians traveling to Camp Nou the following week for the rematch.