Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been sidelined with damage to his Achilles ligament.

Having been utilized sparingly by chief Ernesto Valverde this season, Rakitic had been wanting to acquire some game time while on international duty with Croatia.

Notwithstanding, the 31-year-old has been compelled to pull back from the most recent national group squad so as to start his recovering from an Achilles issue.

While the issue has been affirmed by Barcelona, the La Liga champions have not recommended to what extent Rakitic will spend in the treatment room.

Rakitic has made only one beginning this season, with another nine trips originating from the substitutes’ seat.

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