Getafe midfielder Gaku Shibasaki is facing six weeks out injured after hurting his foot during the league defeat to Barcelona on Saturday.
The home side may have lost the game 2-1 to the current La Liga table toppers, but Shibasaki’s superb first half effort was much talked about.
The Japanese international arrived at the Madrid based club this summer after spending time with Kashima Antlers and enjoying a six month loan spell with Tenerife.
The 25-year-old became the first player from Japan to score against both Barca and Real Madrid on Saturday but was forced off due to injury just before the hour mark.
And, tests have now confirmed that he will miss six weeks of action.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele was also injured in the game, which has led both boss Ernesto Valverde and keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to bemoan the state of the pitch at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
However, Getafe president Angel Torres has hit back at that criticism, saying the pitch was in ‘perfect condition’.
“Our pitch was in perfect condition and was in line with the parameters of which La Liga demands,” Torres told Onda Cero on Monday night.
“People have complained about our pitch but there is no justification for these words – the league has even congratulated us on the state of our pitch!
“The measurement of the grass? Ours was 29mm and the league stipulates the grass must be between 20-30mm so we were within that range.
“Barcelona’s Coach was right in saying there was nothing else to say about the pitch, of course we are sad Dembele got injured and we wish him a quick recovery to action.”
Getafe face Celta Vigo on Thursday night at the Balaidos as they seek to get their second win of the new season, whilst Barcelona host Eibar at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening, looking to make it five wins out of five games.