Injured Pique to be out for several months

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Gerard Pique is expected to be sidelined for several months because of a right knee injury, Barcelona have reported.

The centre-back has a grade-three sprain of his internal lateral ligament and a partial injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.

The club did not say how long the defender is expected to be sidelined, but similar injuries tend to require months of recovery time.

It is more bad news for Barcelona, who lost to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night and who are currently suffering an uncharacteristically poor start to Spain's La Liga season in mid-table.

Pique got injured in the second half of Barcelona's 1-0 loss at Atletico, their first against their Madrid rivals in La Liga in more than a decade.

His knee bent inwards after Atletico forward Angel Correa fell on his leg.

Pique had to be helped off the field and was taken straight to the changing room.

Barcelona said after initial exams on Saturday that Pique had a sprained knee.

Barcelona also lost Sergi Roberto due to injury in Saturday' match at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The club said he has a right thigh muscle rupture and will be sidelined for about two months.