Sergio Aguero may have to wait until November to make his Barcelona debut after scans confirmed he could miss up to ten weeks of action with a calf injury.
The Argentine, who joined as a free agent from Manchester City this summer, suffered the injury in the build-up to Barcelona's pre-season friendly against Juventus and was initially expected to miss just three or four weeks.
Unfortunately, it could end up keeping Aguero out for a lot longer as RAC1 are among the local sources to claim that the latest tests on his injury have revealed a tendon problem which will likely take up to ten weeks to heal properly.
That schedule would see him return to training in the middle of October, with a long-awaited first-team debut likely to come early in November.
Barcelona will play 12 La Liga games before November, including an away trip to Atletico Madrid on October 3 and a visit from Real Madrid a few weeks later on October 24. While there is a chance Aguero could be back for the latter, it seems unlikely at this point.
This injury comes as the latest bump in the road for Aguero at Camp Nou. He had to wait weeks before Barcelona could even register him, and then as soon as he was made an official part of the squad, he had to say goodbye to close friend Lionel Messi.
That prompted rumours that Aguero was looking to leave the club amid claims he had been lied to about his chances of playing with Messi, and both Chelsea and Tottenham were quickly named as potential suitors.
Unsurprisingly, that story was quickly shot down, and manager Ronald Koeman stressed just how important Aguero will be to the team over the coming season.
“It is a lie that Aguero wants to leave," Koeman told TV3 (via Sport). "He has signed with Barça and is very excited.
"It's too bad he got injured this morning, and he couldn’t play those 30 minutes. It is a step backwards, he was training well, but he can contribute a lot to the team going forward."