Barcelona's Mascherano injury: clash with Alavés Llorente
The Argentine defender had a coming together with Alavés' young Spaniard Marcos Llorente and immediately started bleeding from his forehead. He was stretchered off.
Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has had an unfortunate time when it comes to finals of the Copa del Rey. After just 11 minutes of the 2017 version that pitted Alavés against the might of the Catalans, the Argentine midfielder-turned-defender was stretchered off and would not feature again after a head knock with Marcos Llorente.
Head knock and knee injury brings Mascherano final to an end
The incident was not particularly uncommon; two players challenging to win the ball and their heads clashing together. This time it looks serious though as blood starting gushing out of Mascherano's head and Llorente also hurt. Medical staff were quickly treating him and took him away for further attention, bringing to an end his cup final. And word coming out of the club states that the Argentine had concussion, required stitches to his head and that he has an injury to his right knee which will require further tests.
Last year his final came to a premature end too when he was sent off in the 36th minute.
Llorente, for his part, was also treated on the pitch and was able to continue with a garment to protect his head.