In what will come as more unwanted news for Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona, star striker Sergio Agüero has been ruled out of the start of the season after picking up a serious ankle injury that will see him miss as many as ten weeks of action. It’s the latest update coming from the Camp Nou even though it is not strong enough to eclipse the fact that Lionel Messi has officially left the club and signed for French Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. Messi’s departure from Barcelona was reported last week and since then there were talks that he could be moving to France to sign for Paris Saint-Germain. However, they are no longer rumors as it is now official.

It’s not the way Barca would have wanted their summer to go as they will now have to start the new season without Messi as their player (for the first time in 21 years) while also not being able to use the services of Agüero. The Argentina international striker joined Barca after leaving Manchester City as a free agent this summer but he will have to wait for another couple of weeks before making his La Liga debut for the Catalan giants.

Agüero is one of the people who will be greatly affected by the departure of Messi as it was his dream to play in attack alongside the six*time Ballon d’Or winner. Agüero and Messi already play together in the same attacking line for the Argentina national team but Agüero was thrilled by the chance to also play alongside his friend at club level but his plans have been thwarted even before they lined up for their first match together in a Barcelona shirt.

Agüero’s injury means Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann will lead the club’s attack in the opening weeks of the season and they would likely be joined by the returning Ansu Fati who has already resumed light training since last week.