Miralem Pjanic suffered an injury scare during Bosnia and Herzegovina’s UEFA Nations League encounter with Poland on Wednesday night.
The Barcelona midfielder was withdrawn after just 33 minutes, but it was understood to be a move driven by caution rather a serious injury worry.
The 30-year-old had felt something during his national side’s meeting with the Netherlands last Sunday, and on this evidence it looks like he hadn’t fully recovered.
Pjanic has had a difficult summer since making the move from Juventus to the Camp Nou, contracting COVID-19 and then finding it difficult to get back to full fitness in time for the new season.
Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman has barely used his new signing in the opening few matches of this new LaLiga Santander campaign, and it remains to be seen what involvement he will have in the Catalans’ trip to Getafe on Saturday.
When Pjanic left the pitch at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Bosnia and Herzegovina were already down to 10 men, with Anel Ahmedhodzic having been given his marching orders after just 14 minutes.
At the point of Pjanic going off, perhaps due to the fact having a man less was putting him under more physical pressure, the game was goalless, but three goals around half time changed that.
First Robert Lewandowski continued his rich vein of goalscoring form on 40 minutes, before Karol Linetty sent his side into the break with a two-goal lead.
It only took Lewandowski five more minutes to get his second, as Poland ran out easy winners and kept their place at the top of their group.
The result meant Bosnia and Herzegovina are still winless in the competition, with only two matches left in the group stage – away against the Netherlands on November 15 and home to Italy on November 18.