Gerard Pique to face late fitness test ahead of Frankfurt second leg


Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed centre-back Gerard Pique will miss Sunday’s trip to Levante but will be given the chance to prove his fitness before Eintracht Frankfurt come to town on Thursday.

Pique injured his groin in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Frankfurt – a 1-1 draw – and did not train with the rest of the team on Saturday before the Levante game.

Ahead of that match, Xavi revealed Pique has not actually picked up a new injury but has in fact aggravated a problem that he has been playing through all season.

“He doesn’t have an injury, per se,” Xavi said. “He’s been in pain for months. The other day he didn’t feel well. He’s out [against Levante] and we’ll see on Thursday.

“He’s making a titanic effort.”


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