Barcelona injury news: Boost as timeline for ace’s absence reduced, could help secure exit

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Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has reportedly seen his recovery time cut in half after further tests were carried out on the injury he picked up last week.

The Portuguese international suffered a muscle strain while on pre-season duty in the US with the Catalan giants, and that had led to fears that he could face a significant spell on the sidelines.

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However, after returning back to Barcelona with injured teammate Denis Suarez, Mundo Deportivo claim there was positive news as Gomes is likely to be out for around four to five weeks as opposed to the initial timeline of two months, having undergone further tests.

It could turn out to be crucial as it’s added in the report that Barca could see it as a boost given they’re trying to offload the 25-year-old before next month’s transfer deadline.

Should he be available almost immediately after an exit, it could help persuade any interested parties to make their move as he is seemingly surplus to requirements after failing to entirely convince since his move to the Nou Camp from Valencia in 2016.

Ernesto Valverde may have lost Paulinho and Andres Iniesta this summer, but the La Liga champions did bring in Arthur to suggest that Gomes may well have failed to move up the pecking order to see his hopes of regular football improve.

In turn, should his injury not be as bad as first feared, it may well help Barcelona in their reported push to sell him before the deadline and raise funds to perhaps even strengthen the squad with a target that Valverde feels is better suited to his plans.

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