A significant setback has hit Barcelona Femeni as defender Mapi Leon will undergo surgery for a meniscus rupture sustained in training.
Barcelona has officially announced that Femeni star Mapi Leon endured the unfortunate injury during training, necessitating surgery. As a result, she will undergo an extended recovery period and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
Having contributed to Barcelona’s seven clean sheets and netted one goal this season, Mapi Leon’s absence will undoubtedly leave a significant void. Her pivotal role in the club’s recent years of success includes securing four Primera Division trophies and winning the Champions League twice.
In 2017, Leon made history by joining Barcelona for a €50,000 fee, becoming the first player in Spanish women’s football to transfer for a monetary consideration. With 54 caps for Spain, she has been a significant presence. However, she, along with several other players, declined a call-up to the 2023 Women’s World Cup, despite their team ultimately winning the tournament.
Before facing Eibar on Sunday, Barcelona will need to regroup after the setback. Following that, they are set to compete in the Champions League against Rosengard next week.