Barcelona defender Marquez out for rest of seasonApril 29th, 2009 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS
Barcelona, April 29 (DPA) Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez will almost certainly be out of action for the rest of the season, after breaking the cartilage in his left knee in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea.
The Mexican defender suffered the injury in the 49th minute, and was stretchered off in tears of pain.
The digital versions of Mundo Deportivo and Sport claim that he has torn the external cartilage in his left knee and will need an immediate operation. They speculate that Marquez could be out of action for up to three months.
Barca head doctor Ricard Pruna said that he prefers to wait until he has carried out checks on Marquez on Wednesday before reaching a conclusion.
Marquez, 30, was replaced by club captain Carles Puyol, who immediately picked up a yellow card and so will also miss next Wednesday’s second leg against Chelsea in London.
The Marquez injury comes at a difficult time for Barca. On Saturday they are away to historic rivals Real Madrid, who are now just four points behind them in La Liga.
- Villa likely to be sidelined for five months - Dec 16, 2011
- Adriano injury poses problems for Barcelona - Mar 21, 2012
- Barcelona held by Chelsea at home - Apr 29, 2009
- Injured Iniesta ruled out for four weeks - Sep 14, 2011
- Barcelona look to bounce back against Osasuna - Sep 16, 2011
- Barcelona play Zaragoza away from home - Apr 06, 2012
- Injured Puyol to miss Champions League game - Mar 07, 2012
- Guardiola refuses to blame Spain for Pique's injury - Oct 16, 2011
- Barcelona kick off Champions League defence against AC Milan - Sep 12, 2011
- Fatigue and injury problems for Spain - Jun 02, 2012
- Xavi, Pique to miss Barca's Liga game at Rayo - Apr 29, 2012
- Spain coach Del Bosque names Euro squad - May 27, 2012
- Real Madrid need Supercup win to boost morale - Aug 28, 2012
- Barcelona to celebrate Guardiola's decision in Valladolid - Jan 21, 2010
- Valiant Chelsea knock Barca out, reach Champions League final - Apr 25, 2012
Tags: april 29, barcelona, carles puyol, cartilage, champions league, checks, club captain, conclusion, digital versions, dpa, four points, head doctor, left knee, london, mundo deportivo, real madrid, rivals, tears of pain, three months, yellow card