Koeman wants to sign new centre-back as Barcelona delay Pique surgery decision
Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman is open to signing a new centre-back in January to compensate for the loss of Gerard Pique to a potential long-term injury.
There are fears that the injury may keep the Spain international sidelined for the next six months, effectively ruling him out for the rest of the campaign.
Knee surgeon specialist Dr. Ramon Cugat, who recently operated on Ansu Fati, has revealed he will meet with Pique on Wednesday and a decision will be made on whether he should go under the knife.
"It is a lotto discuss how long he will be out because every knee is different," Cugat told Mundo Deportivo. "We must be prudent, discuss it with the player and then decide.
"We still don't know which treatment we will use, whether surgical or not. The objective is to make the knee as stable as possible."
Providing a further update on the damage sustained by Pique at the weekend, Cugat added: "In addition to the cruciate injury, he has injured the internal lateral ligament.
"That can be cured with biological therapies. In this case there is no fluid on the knee, which plays in favour of possible conservative treatment, rather than surgery."
Pique has featured10 times in all competitions for Barcelona this term and has been a key man at the back since returning to the club in 2008.
Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Barca have failed to win any of the three La Liga games Pique has not started, conceding an average of two goals a game compared to 0.9 when he is in the side.
And Koeman says it is possible the Catalan giants will strengthen at the back when the transfer window reopens in January.
"We know that it is an important loss for us, and possiblyfor some time," Koeman said. "We are looking and have previously looked.
"One of those positions we are looking at is that central issue. But today we cannot do anything. If there is any possibility we can then I will have to talk to the club.
"He has been here for many years, he has a huge personality and it is a significant loss. It is sad for the team and for the club.It is difficult, but we have to accept and see how we solve this issue."
Koeman is also without Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo and Sergi Roberto, while makeshift centre-backs Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong are not in contention to face Dynamo Kiev.
"It is possible that he will play," Koeman, who has also taken the decision to rest Lionel Messi, said at a pre-match news conference on Monday.
Source : goal.com
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