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Barcelona lose Alves for Celtic encounter

Published: Monday 8 October 2012, 2.57CET
FC Barcelona's defensive problems continue to mount with Dani Alves picking up a hamstring injury against Real Madrid CF that will keep him out when Celtic FC visit on 23 October.
Barcelona lose Alves for Celtic encounter
Dani Alves will be out of action for three weeks with a hamstring injury ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Monday 8 October 2012, 2.57CET

Barcelona lose Alves for Celtic encounter

FC Barcelona's defensive problems continue to mount with Dani Alves picking up a hamstring injury against Real Madrid CF that will keep him out when Celtic FC visit on 23 October.

FC Barcelona will be without full-back Dani Alves for their UEFA Champions League Group G encounter at home to Celtic FC on 23 October after the Brazilian sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's 2-2 Liga draw against Real Madrid CF.

Alves was substituted by Martín Montoya after suffering the problem in his left leg in the 28th minute of Sunday's El Clásico encounter. Following a subsequent assessment by club medics, the Brazilian was ruled out of action for three weeks.

The news represents a further defensive blow to the Blaugrana who recently lost captain Carles Puyol to a long-term elbow injury and who continue to monitor Gerard Piqué who is recovering from an ankle complaint. Centre-back Marc Muniesa was left out of Barcelona's UEFA Champions League squad altogether after tearing knee ligaments in a pre-season friendly.

Thus far unbeaten in Liga, Barça have also enjoyed a bright start to their European campaign with two wins for two games against FC Spartak Moskva and SL Benfica.

Last updated: 08/10/12 11.04CET

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