Rakitic a doubt for Barcelona against Espanyol and Juventus with hamstring injury

The Croatian midfielder suffered an injury due to an overload and Barcelona are hoping it is not too bad once he rreturns to Spain for further tests.

Rakitic a doubt for Barcelona against Espanyol and Juventus with hamstring injury

Ivan Rakitic will miss Croatia's last game during the international break on Tuesday night against Turkey with a hamstring injury with Ante Cacic saying it would be too much of a risk to play the 29-year-old. The midfielder is also questionable for Barcelona in the catalan derby against Espanyol at the weekend and possibly beyond as Ernesto Valverde's side open their Champions League campaign against last year's finalists, Juventus.

"Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will miss this match due to minor hamstring injury, sustained during the Kosovo clash," a statement by the Croatian national side read.

He was replaced against Kosovo after 55 minutes and speculation over his physical state is now swirling. Ernesto Valverde can move around his midfield now thanks to the addition of Paulinho during the summer. He can also rely on Sergi Roberto to play in a Rakitic-style role too. The Barcelona manager will wait until he gets his entire squad back to see what shape they are in and the see how he will manage their minutes as the season moves into a higher gear after the summer.

Barcelona play Espanyol at the Camp Nou on Saturday night before they welcome Juventus on Tuesday night in the opening game of the Champions League.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1R. Sociedad 6 2 0 0
2Barcelona 6 2 0 0
3Leganés 6 2 0 0
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Espanyol S-09/09 20:45
Getafe - Barcelona S-16/09 16:15
Barcelona - Eibar M-19/09 22:00

*Update 5 de septiembre de 2017