Barcelona wingerMalcom suffered a sprain in his right ankle on Wednesday in the second leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 match against Cultural Leonesa (4-1).
In the Camp Nou,Barcelona close to conceding the opening goal when Adrian Mancebo's shot was saved by Jasper Cillessen.
Barcelona's first goal came in the 19th minute when Munir El Haddadi capitalised on a perfect pass from Ivan Rakitic to fire home past Jorge Palatsi.
Denis Suarez doubled the home side's advantage in the 26th minute with a stunning long range effort, and Malcom made it 3-0 on the night for Barcelona and 4-0 on aggregate just before half-time.
The visitors pulled a goal back in the 54th minute through Josep Sene but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.
As reported by Barcelona in a statement after the game played at the Camp Nou, the Brazilian player will undergo medical teststo know the exact extent of the knockhe suffered in the last part of the match and forced him to leave the field in the 87th minute.
"Malcom has a sprain, we do not know whether it's a lot or not, we'll wait until tomorrow, I do not want to rush in. It's the leg where he had the previous sprain and he's scared a bit," said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde. in the press conference after the game.
Malcom's potential absence adds to Barcelona’s injury woes, with the La Liga leaders already missing Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez, Rafinha, Samuel Umtiti, Arthur, and Arturo Vidal.
While Roberto and Suarez are expected to be back in action before the New Year, Rafinha does not look likely to return before the end of the season. It is unclear as to when Umtiti, Arthur, and Vidal will return.
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