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Barcelona lose Piqué for two to three weeks

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 10.03CET
Gerard Piqué has joined FC Barcelona defensive partner Carles Puyol on the sidelines after spraining his ankle 12 minutes into Wednesday's 3-2 win against FC Spartak Moskva.
Barcelona lose Piqué for two to three weeks
Barcelona's Gerard Piqué leaves the pitch injured during Wednesday's game ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 10.03CET

Barcelona lose Piqué for two to three weeks

Gerard Piqué has joined FC Barcelona defensive partner Carles Puyol on the sidelines after spraining his ankle 12 minutes into Wednesday's 3-2 win against FC Spartak Moskva.

FC Barcelona will be without Gerard Piqué for up to three weeks after the central defender sprained his left ankle in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Group G opener against FC Spartak Moskva.

The Spanish international had to be replaced by Alex Song 12 minutes into a game Barcelona went on to win 3-2, Lionel Messi's double rescuing them after they had fallen 2-1 behind at the Camp Nou. Prior to his injury Piqué had played more competitive football than any other Barcelona outfield player in 2012/13 – 492 minutes in all competitions.

The 25-year-old's absence is a cause for concern since last weekend the club also learned that his regular centre-back colleague Carles Puyol would be sidelined for between four and six weeks after suffering a knee ligament injury. Both defenders are serious doubts for the UEFA Champions League matchday two fixture against SL Benfica in Lisbon on 2 October, as well as the 'Clásico' against Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou five days later.

Last updated: 20/09/12 12.49CET

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