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Mascherano suffers triple injury blow; set to miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies

Mascherano suffers triple injury blow; set to miss Argentina's upcoming friendlies. Photo: Getty Images
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FC Barcelona finished their season on a high note on Saturday as they beat Deportivo Alavés 3-1 in the Copa del Rey finale. But everything didn’t go as per Luis Enrique’s plan as Javier Mascherano suffered a cut to his head, concussion and a knee injury during Barcelona’s Copa del Rey Final victory over Alavés.

Argentine defender Javier Mascherano was subbed out the game in the 11th minute after he came off worse for wear from a bloody collision with Alaves’ Marcos Llorente. Blood immediately started pouring from his head after he twisted his knee while landing.

Barcelona confirmed through their official Twitter account that he had also suffered further injuries during the Blaugranas’ 3-1 victory over Alavés.

The tweet said: “Mascherano has suffered a cut, which needed stitches, and concussion as well as a injury to his right knee which will require further tests.”

He left the field clutching his leg as he was carried off in pain – although he did return on crutches after the final whistle to lift the prize.

According to some reports, he is likely to be out for six to seven months.

This means that he’ll be unavailable for Argentina’s upcoming friendlies. Argentina have international friendlies lined up against Brazil and Singapore in June which Mascherano will now miss.

As for Argentina’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup, La Albiceleste are fifth in qualifying right, while they face a monster match away in Uruguay in August.