On November 21, 2020, Gerard Pique suffered an injury when he collided with Angel Correa during a match against Atletico Madrid and it immediately looked serious. However, he is now ready to return against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.
A knee ligament injury is always a serious issue, but Pique’s ailment was clearly a painful one as the defender left the pitch in tears.
Initial reports suggested his season might well be over, but the official medical report of the club didn’t actually specify how long he would be sidelined for.
Pique has been sensational in his recovery, breaking all the records for rehabilitation time, with it initially estimated he could miss as many as eight months of action.
Yet, Pique is ready to play against the French champions and he hasn’t even been out for three whole months, which was the lowest estimated time of absence for his injury.
It’s known that training isn’t the same as competitive football at the elite level and that Pique is taking a risk by returning so early from such a serious knee injury. Yet he hasn’t felt any pain this past week and has been training since Thursday.
He will be in the squad to face PSG unless a new complication arrives.
Ronald Koeman is acutely aware of the risk that comes with playing Pique, although, given the fact much of the club’s season hopes depend on the Champions League, the Dutch coach may not have much of a choice.
Eliminating PSG would mark an incredible turn of events after such a difficult season, with basically the worst possible pre-season preparation prior to it.
There will be no Angel di Maria or Neymar for Mauricio Pochettino, yet with Kylian Mbappe still present Pique is likely to have a difficult night.
If he’s at his best, though, then he could shut the PSG attacks down and that in itself is why Barcelona are on board with taking the risk on him returning early.