Barcelona Dealt Huge Blow As New Forward Faces Three Month Spell on the Sidelines: Reports

Barcelona Dealt Huge Blow As New Forward Faces Three Month Spell on the Sidelines: Reports

Ero Samson
September 22, 2023 at 1:55 PM
  • Barcelona recently completed the signing of striker Vitor Roque
  • The young Brazilian is expected to join the Catalan club in January 2024
  • The 18-year-old recently suffered a massive injury in his club’s clash against Internacional

Athletico Paranaense striker, Vitor Roque looked distraught as he was stretchered off after he picked up an injury in the Brazilian club’s Serie A win against Internacional.

Roque, who has been involved in 14 league goals in 22 appearances this season, recently signed a contract with La Liga powerhouse Barcelona and was billed to complete his switch to the Blaugrana in January.

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New signing Vitor Roque was billed to join Barcelona in January 2024. Image: David S. Bustamante.
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According to reports from 90min, Roque’s injury comes as a massive blow to Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona following recent complaints about the form of current striker, Robert Lewandowski.

Vitor Roque suffers major injury

The young forward, who clutched his ankle, was on the receiving end of a bad tackle from Internacional defender Nicolas Hernandez and was subsequently stretched off in tears.

The future Barcelona forward is expected to be out for a minimum of three months, according to the media outlet report.

While the deal for the Brazilian sensation is finalised, the injury could further derail his early switch to the Catalan club.

The €38 million signing was beginning to generate a buzz amongst Barcelona fans. However, this injury could now prolong the wait for the forward.

According to reports from Goal, Roque is tipped to herald the list of superstars that will feature for Barcelona upon the completion and inauguration of the remodelled Camp Nou.

However, as Xavi’s side shifts their attention to their La Liga fixture against Celta Vigo, the club’s medical staff will be paying keen attention to the situation surrounding the young striker.

Roque hailed as 'new Ronaldo '

In a previous publication, Sports Brief reported that Barcelona are ready to spend big to buy two young Brazilian wonderkids, with one of them dubbed the “new Ronaldo” following his exploits.

Even at the age of 18, many supporters refer to Vitor Roque, who plays for Athletico Paranaense, as “the next Ronaldo Nazario”, as he is a remarkable talent.

The Brazil U-23 international made his senior international debut for the Selecao earlier in March 2023.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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