In a startling turn of events, FC Barcelona’s rising star, Vitor Roque, found himself at the center of a concerning injury during a recent match. The incident, caused by a harsh tackle from Colombian player Nico Hernández, has raised questions about the young striker’s condition and the potential impact on his budding career.
The incident occurred just nine minutes into the game between Athletico Paranaense and Internacional, during the 24th round of the Brasileirao 2023. Roque, affectionately known as ‘Tigrinho,’ was on the receiving end of a brutal challenge that left him writhing in pain. Hernández received a yellow card for the reckless tackle. However, many believe that a red card would have been a more fitting punishment.
As the 18-year-old forward clutched his injured left leg, it was evident that the situation was grave. His right leg, bearing the weight of his body during the collision, remained immobilized on the artificial turf. The stadium fell into a hush as Roque was attended to by the medical staff of Athletico Paranaense. His pain was palpable, and spectators feared the worst.
After receiving initial treatment on the field, Roque was escorted to the sideline, where he continued to receive medical attention. Ice was applied to his ankle and lower leg in an attempt to reduce swelling. However, the full extent of the injury remained unknown, and the club has yet to provide an official update. Fans and supporters anxiously await the diagnosis, which is expected to be delivered on Friday.
First injury in 2023
This unfortunate injury comes as a blow to Roque. ‘Tigrinho’ is enjoying a remarkably busy 2023 season. He participated in a total of 52 matches across various competitions. That includes games with Furacao, Brazil’s youth national teams, and his debut for the senior squad.
The suspense surrounding Roque’s injury has left the footballing world on edge. As FC Barcelona eagerly anticipates his arrival in January, having secured his transfer for €30 million plus variables. Therefore, the hope is that his injury is nothing more than a scare, a mere bump in the road for this promising talent.
While the injury certainly raises concerns, those close to Roque remain optimistic about his recovery. According to SPORT, the player’s entourage has conveyed a message of reassurance, alleviating some of the anxiety that has gripped the Barcelona faithful. Nevertheless, all eyes will be on the diagnosis that will determine whether ‘Tigrinho’ can make a swift return to the pitch and continue his journey towards becoming one of football’s brightest stars.
As Wesley Carvalho, Athletico Paranaense’s coach, stated during a press conference: “The medical team will assess the situation to determine how much time Vitor will need to recover. But it’s still too early to tell… At this point, it appears to be just an ankle twist, and we hope for a speedy recovery.”