Barcelona have confirmed that striker Martin Braithwaite will undergo surgery on his left knee with reports that the injury will rule him out for the remainder of 2021.
The 30-year-old Danish international had asked to be replaced late in Barcelona’s 2-1 win over Getafe last month with a pain in his left knee and missed his country’s subsequent international matches.
Braithwaite had initially tried a conservative approach to managing the injury, but Barca have confirmed they will go under the knife to resolve the problem.
“Martin Braithwaite has a patellofemoral injury in his left knee that has not responded to conservative treatment,” the club wrote in a statement.
The Danish striker will be operated on in the next few days. The club will post a new injury update when the trial has taken place. “
It has been widely reported that Braithwaite will not be returning this calendar year, which is a setback for the Catalans who left forwards Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann during the recent transfer window.
Braithwaite scored seven goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for the blaugrana last season, before scoring a brace in the opening La Liga win against Real Sociedad.