Clement Lenglet blow leaves Barcelona without a fit, senior centre-half for Ferencvaros clash

The injury crisis at the heart of Barcelona’s backline has deepened this afternoon, after Clement Lenglet was forced off during the club’s meeting with Osasuna.

Barca back on track

Ronald Koeman’s men welcomed Los Rojillos to the Camp Nou a short time ago, for their latest La Liga outing.

The Blaugrana headed into proceedings desperate for all 3 points, having continued their slip down the Spanish top-flight table with defeat at Atletico Madrid last weekend.

When all was said and done this afternoon, though, Barca, after putting Dynamo Kyiv to the sword by 4 goals to nil during the week, followed up with a 2nd-straight 4-goal win.

Martin Braithwaite opened the game’s scoring inside the opening half hour, before Antoine Griezmann doubled the hosts’ advantage in style shortly before the interval:

Philippe Coutinho was next up, putting Barca out of sight early in the 2nd-half.

And the afternoon’s scoring was rounded out a little over 15 minutes from time, when Lionel Messi rifled home a wonderful left-footed finish from the edge of the box, before paying tribute to the late, great Diego Maradona:

Lenglet limps off

As outlined above, however, an otherwise positive afternoon for the Catalans was soured considerably by a blow on the personnel front.

The individual to have picked up the problem was Clement Lenglet, who was forced to limp off midway through the 2nd-half with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

The early word regarding the Frenchman’s condition has proven somewhat mixed, though Marta Carreras of the reliable Cat Radio has suggested that Lenglet is unlikely to be sidelined for an extended period:

Whatever the case may be, though, it appears altogether unlikely that the stopper will be fit to feature in Barca’s upcoming Champions League meeting with Ferencvaros, leaving Ronald Koeman without a single fit senior central defender.

This comes with both Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti also sidelined at present.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.