Barcelona were hit with his news this week that Ousmane Dembele has suffered a fresh injury, but Ernesto Valverde is not panicking.
Discussing the youngster’s latest injury setback, the Blaugrana coach pointed out that the response to the previous issue was one of calm and that the response to this one will be similar.
“He suffered a significant incident at the start of the season in Getafe and now he has a small problem, that has little to do with the previous one,” Valverde explained to reporters in a press conference on Tuesday.
“We won’t overdramatise [this injury] either.
“People start to talk about how some players have an issue and in the end people start believing it.
“I have no doubt that the player will overcome it.
“We will do all we can to make sure this ends up as an anecdote.
“He had been playing little bits of matches as he returned and the plan for him was to come back little by little.
“It’ll be the same when he returns from this one.
“We hope that he’s not missing for long.”
As for Samuel Umtiti, who is close to coming back from an injury, the coach said that this midweek might be to soon for him to return and that he wouldn’t put a date on when the centre-back would be back.
Valverde then went on to preview this Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash with city rivals, and his former employer, Espanyol.
“They’re in a good run of form, as the numbers show,” he said of Espanyol.
“It’s a derby and any gap is reduced as a result of the emotional factor.
“You need to try not to have bad spells in knockout ties because they can prove costly.
“We must try to be solid.
“It will be difficult to reach the semi-finals, and we respect them a lot.”
Asked how he felt about returning to the club where he used to coach, Valverde said that he wouldn’t be thinking about that.
“You leave these emotional questions to the side when you go to play a match like this,” he said.
“Espanyol have been an important club for me in my career, but now it’s time to focus on the professional side of things.
“I have an obligation with my club, which is to win this tie.”