FC Barcelona are breathing a sigh of relief over Ilkay Gündogan. The midfielder was substituted before half-time in Germany’s friendly match against France after suffering a bad fall, with a nasty back injury. Coach Rudi Völler had already warned at a press conference that there was no rupture.
However, and despite the fact that it could have been more serious, Xavi Hernández’s technical staff, according to SPORT, are optimistic.
Four days after the defeat at Signal Iduna Park, Barça’s next league fixture will take place on Saturday at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys de Montjuïc, kicking off at 21:00.
It is also worth remembering that next week, the Blaugrana will make their Champions League debut, playing at home against Antwerp in the first matchday of the group stage on Tuesday. It remains to be seen when Gündogan will be able to reappear in a Barça shirt.