Madrid - Barcelona have confirmed that midfielder Rafinha
Alcantara may miss the rest of the season having ruptured a knee ligament in a
nasty tackle against Roma on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old had been on the field a matter of minutes,
after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw in Champions League
Group E, when he suffered the injury in a challenge by Roma's Radja Nainggolan.
"Tests this morning have revealed that FC Barcelona
midfielder Rafael Alcantara -- also known as 'Rafinha' -- has suffered a tear
to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg. He will undergo surgery in
the coming days," Barcelona said in a statement.
Barca coach Luis Enrique had already warned after the game
in the Italian capital that "it looks like an ugly injury, very ugly, to
the knee. He caught him from behind and it is the most unfortunate news of the
The reigning European champions did not indicate how long
Rafinha may face on the sidelines but the recovery period required after such
an injury means he could miss the rest of the season.For
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