Aleix Vidal: Barcelona defender out for five months with dislocated ankle

The incident soured what had been a highly clinical display from Barca, with a double from Luis Suarez, strikes from Neymar, Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic and an own goal from Alexis giving them an emphatic win. He was clearly in a lot of pain and team-mate Andres Iniesta immediately signalled for a stretcher.

Television replays suggested that Vidal may well have suffered significant damage to his right ankle, and head coach Luis Enrique confirmed after the match that the problem looked to be "serious".

The Barcelona official website confirmed on Sunday that the defender underwent an emergency operation in the city of Vitoria after being taken from Alaves's Mendizorroza Stadium, reports Xinhua news agency. "It's a shame for the player, the team and for Barca". I am really sorry about what happened to Aleix, it was involuntary and I hope he can recover as soon as possible.

Barcelona defender Aleix Vidal has been ruled out for five months following ankle surgery.

"We've seen that Aleix's ankle has been fractured or dislocated", Enrique said.

Following their respective Cup semi-finals during the week and with Barca facing a key Champions League tie away to Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday, both sides made changes to their starting 11 with Lucas Digne and Jeremy Mathieu coming into the Barca 11, while Sergio Busquets also made his first start after injury.

But with three minutes left he crunched into a fifty-fifty challenge with Alaves full-back Theo Hernandez and came off considerably worse.

With Sergi Roberto suspended, Barcelona will be without a right-back for the upcoming Copa del Rey final.

  • Julie Sanders