The list of American players who have had their current European seasons end prematurely due to injury has added yet another high-profile name, with Sergiño Dest joining a group that includes several of his teammates from the U.S. men’s national team.
Dest could be forced to miss the remainder of Barcelona’s season after suffering a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano. Dest was making just his second start since returning from an injury to his left hamstring in March that forced him to miss the USMNT’s final World Cup qualifiers.
The latest setback will mark Dest’s fourth injury stint on the sidelines for Barcelona this season, his second at the Camp Nou since arriving via transfer from Ajax. It has been a roller-coaster campaign for the American fullback, who has dealt with multiple injuries as well as having to fight his way out of the doghouse after struggling to adapt under new manager Xavi before emerging as a regular starter again.
Dest joins a list of Americans who have had their European seasons cut short by injury that includes Gio Reyna, Chris Richards, Daryl Dike and Konrad De La Fuente. Weston McKennie was the first USMNT star to make that list when he suffered a broken foot with Juventus back in February, but more recent reports suggest McKennie could return for the final matches of Juve’s season.
Dest has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season, notching three assists.
It remains to be seen just how serious the injury is, but with more than a month to go before the USMNT begins camp ahead of a busy stretch of four matches in June, Dest could still recover in time to factor into a stretch of matches that will include a friendly against Morocco on June 1 and Concacaf Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador.