Xavi hamstrung by recurring injury

Xavi Hernández has succumbed to a hamstring injury which makes him a doubt for FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against AC Milan.

Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona)
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FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández is in danger of missing the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg at home to AC Milan on 12 March after suffering a second hamstring injury in a month.

The 33-year-old was sidelined for around two weeks early in February with a hamstring tear and returned in time to feature in Barça's 2-0 first-leg defeat by Milan at San Siro. However, the Spanish international felt discomfort in the same right leg after the Blaugrana's 3-1 midweek home loss to Real Madrid CF in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. Tests have shown that he sustained the same injury and will require a recovery period of between ten and 15 days.

The prognosis rules Xavi out of the Liga encounters with Madrid tomorrow and RC Deportivo La Coruña on 9 March, while also putting his availability to face Milan in less than a fortnight in jeopardy.