Sporting Gijon defender Douglas is a player who rarely makes the headlines, not least since leaving Barcelona on loan during the summer.
Diverting the limelight away from Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo is already almost an impossible task for most La Liga players.
If stories about the aforementioned quartet are not spread across newspapers around the country for their goals, the next most likely cause is that they have picked up an injury.
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Douglas – a Brazilian right-back – is not known for finding the back of the net, but his name could soon make its way around the Internet due to an upcoming spell on the sidelines.
The 26-year-old has appeared in only one of Sporting’s five league matches this campaign, and he will not be seeing regular action anytime soon after suffering one of the most bizarre injuries in recent history.
Spanish media outlet AS reports Douglas has damaged a muscle in his backside when he fell asleep on the team bus during a four-hour trip between Sporting Gijon and Celta Vigo, according to club physical trainer Gerardo Ruiz.
The defender is thought to have dozed off in an awkward position and woken up with an injury to one of his gluteal muscles.
Douglas – now in doubt to play this weekend when Gijon welcome Barcelona to El Molinon on Saturday – failed to train on Thursday but assured supporters he would be fit to play.
"I'm fit and available to play," he said. "The manager is always the one who decides the line-ups. I have come here to help,”
"This is a special week for me, it is always special to play against Barcelona. We know about the difficulties to play against them. They are one of the best.”
His love for his parent club seems to go far beyond a simple admiration for one of the top clubs in world football, though.
Spanish outlet Sport reports the former Sao Paulo player was so distressed at the prospect of spending a season away from Barcelona that he initially refused sign the contract and would not leave the club offices.
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