Rafinha reveals horrific head cut that forced him out of Athletic clash

Rafinha reveals horrific head cut that forced him out of Athletic clash

WARNING: This story contains a graphic image of the 23-year-old’s injury.

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has revealed the severity of the head cut that forced him off during his side’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao – and be warned it is not one for the faint-hearted.

He was forced off after 54 minutes, to be replaced by Ivan Rakitic, after clashing with his own goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The 23-year-old was treated on the pitch for several minutes before being taken off with his head bandaged and it’s little surprise after he showed off his injury.

Barcelona also lost Gerard Pique to injury, the defender replaced at half-time by Javier Mascherano as a precautionary measure, and Luis Enrique is now sweating on their fitness ahead of a Copa del Rey second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

“The problem with Gerard was as a result of playing so many minutes recently and we didn’t want to risk him [in the second half],” the Barca coach told reporters after the game.

“I don’t know if either of them will be back for Tuesday, that will depend on the medical team and the players themselves, but I hope they are.”

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