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Barcelona Suffer Injury Blow As Three Players Limp Off on International Duty
- Major blow for Barcelona as three of their key players have suffered injuries on international duty
- Jules Kounde suffered a first-half injury for France in their Nations League clash against Austria
- Dutch duo Memphis Depay and Frenkie De Jong also picked up injuries during the Netherlands clash against Poland
Spanish powerhouse Barcelona have been dealt with an injury blow in the international break, as three of their key players suffered various form of injuries.
Jules Kounde, Memphis Depay, and Frenkie de Jong were all withdrawn while playing for their respective countries on Thursday evening.
Kounde started the game for France against Austria in Paris but quickly felt pain in his thigh, and he was brought off just before the break as a precaution.
France coach Didier Deschamps confirmed after the game that the ex-Sevilla star sustained a muscle injury and had to be subbed off.
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However, the bad news for the Blaugrana did not end there as Dutch duo Depay and De Jong both picked up knocks playing for the Netherlands against Poland on the same day.
Depay was hooked off in the 52nd minute after sustaining a hamstring injury while De Jong didn't reappear after half time.
"It's a pity that Memphis had to go off with this injury, it doesn't look good and I don't see him playing vs Belgium on Sunday.," Louis Van Gaal said about Memphis' injury cited by Barca Times.
"Frenkie de Jong was feeling tension in his muscles which is why I took him off, but he told me that he expects to play vs Belgium."
Furthter test would need to be carried out to find out the extent of the injuries on the three players.
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The 30-year-old sustained the injury while in action in the UEFA Nations League for Austria against France in Paris.
The versatile defender was hooked off in the 70th minute of the match for Stefan Posch with France leading 2-0.