Premier League Champions, Chelsea, have been handed a major boost ahead of their Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona.
This is after Gerard Pique picked up an injury.
The Spanish international scored a late equalizer against Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Sunday, but picked up a knock in the bruising encounter.
An insider told AS that the injury could keep him sidelined for up to a month – meaning he would miss the clash with Chelsea.
The Blues host Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on February 20, two weeks’ time, and Pique is a major doubt for that away trip.
Pique is currently undergoing tests at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva training centre to determine the full extent of the injury before a diagnosis, and return date, can be ascertained.
Another Barca defender, Thomas Vermaelen is also out injured which gives Ernesto Valverde a serious selection headache ahead of the tie with Chelsea.
Valverde explained, “We are not in pre-season and there is no time for experiments.
“We are in critical stage of the season and when he is needed to play, he will play.”
Pique appeared to pick up his injury after a bad challenge from Espanyol goalscorer Gerard Moreno.