Bojan blow, Ibra elated
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is hoping for a swift recovery from Bojan Krkic after the young striker picked up a leg injury during last night's win over Sporting Gijon. Bojan limped off with ten minutes left of the 3-0 win after damaging his thigh and he is set to be out for between 15-20 days.
Although the upcoming international break means the amount of Barça matches Bojan could have missed is lessened, the 19-year-old might still be unavailable for the league games against Getafe and Atletico Madrid, as well as the UEFA Champions League trip to Inter Milan.
Guardiola said: "I hope we get him back as soon as possible, because we need him. I have a lot of confidence in him." Summer signing Maxwell also picked up a thigh injury in the Primera Division opener against Sporting and, although initial thoughts are that it is not serious, he will undergo further tests tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was keen to thank his team-mates for their support after finally getting off the mark for his new club in the 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon.
Ibrahimovic joined Barça in July in a deal that saw the Catalan giants give Inter Milan €46m plus striker Samuel Eto'o (valued at €20m) in exchange for the Sweden international, but it took a while for the new boy to break his duck for the treble winners.
A hand injury meant he had to wait until the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Manchester City a fortnight ago to make his Barça debut, but he he was unable to score in either that match, or the subsequent games against Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk.
His performances in those outings had not been particularly memorable either, but the tall hitman has now at least chalked up his first goal for club after heading home late on in the last night's win over Sporting.
After the match Ibrahimovic wanted to pay tribute to his team-mates, saying: "They are helping me a lot. I don't feel at 100 per cent yet but I'm happy because I played 90 minutes and bit by bit I'm getting my fitness up."
Barça coach Pep Guardiola added: "I'm pleased that he scored. He played the 90 minutes and that's a good sign, I'm happy with his work. Sooner or later he will do very well. He's still in the process of adapting, and little by little he will get there."
Xavi was also pleased to see the big-money import get off the mark, adding on his club's website: "Ibra is a goalscorer and he likes to score. It's his first goal with Barça and we are happy for him because he is working very hard."