Agüero with chest pain; Piqué with pulled soleus muscle
Argentine striker taken to hospital for cardiologic tests and Catalan centre back also withdraws against Alavés with calf problem
Not only were FC Barcelona unable to defeat Alavés on Saturday, but they also suffered two major setbacks and two players were forced to retire from the game early.
Sergio Agüero was struggling with chest pain for much of the first half and was replaced by Philippe Coutinho at half time and then taken to hospital for a cardiologic analysis.
In the second half, Gerard Piqué pulled the soleus muscle in his right calf and will need tests to determine the full extent of the injury. Clement Lenglet took his place for the rest of the game.
These are busy times in the FC Barcelona treatment room. Sergi Barjuan was already working with limited numbers for today’s game, with all of Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembélé, Pedri, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati unavailable for selection.