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Thigh Injury Rules Out This Barcelona Star For The Rest Of The Season

Antoine Griezmann looks set to miss the rest of the season after Barcelona said on Sunday the France attacker had a thigh injury.

The World Cup winner went off at halftime of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Valladolid after apparently asking to be subbed.

“He came off because he had a problem,” Barcelona coach Quique Setien said. “It was he who asked for the change.”

”Tests this morning have shown that first-team player Antoine Griezmann has a muscle injury in the quadriceps of his right leg,” Barca said on their website.

“He is therefore not available for selection at the present time,” a statement said of the 29-year-old who has scored 15 goals in 46 games this season.

It would appear Griezmann will miss Barcelona’s final La Liga matches with Real Madrid needing five points from their final three games to win the title.

Barca also face a Champions League last-16 second leg on August 8 after drawing 1-1 at Napoli before the lockdown.

Griezmann began his senior career as a member of Spanish side Real Sociedad in 2009, with whom he won the Segunda División title in his first season, departing five seasons later to join Atlético Madrid for a then-club record €30 million.

Although featuring mostly as a winger during his time with Sociedad, Griezmann adapted his game in Madrid to become a complete forward and quickly became the focal point of the team.

He went on to break the club’s scoring record for a debut season, and was named in the 2014–15 La Liga Team of the Season. He was also named La Liga Best Player in 2016 and finished third for both the 2016 Ballon d’Or and 2016 Best FIFA Men’s Player awards.

Griezmann was again nominated for the awards in 2018, finishing third and sixth respectively as he helped Atlético win the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, scoring twice in the final.

Griezmann also won the 2014 Supercopa de España and 2018 UEFA Super Cup during his time in Madrid, and ranks as the club’s fifth-highest goalscorer.

In July 2019, Griezmann departed Atlético to join league rivals Barcelona in a €120 million deal, making him the joint-fourth most expensive football player of all-time.

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