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Mascherano to miss Barça's Celtic test

Published: Wednesday 25 September 2013, 13.04CET
FC Barcelona have suffered a setback ahead of their trip to Celtic FC next Tuesday with defender Javier Mascherano ruled out of the encounter with a strained hamstring.
Mascherano to miss Barça's Celtic test
Javier Mascherano has impressed in defence for Barcelona this term ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Wednesday 25 September 2013, 13.04CET

Mascherano to miss Barça's Celtic test

FC Barcelona have suffered a setback ahead of their trip to Celtic FC next Tuesday with defender Javier Mascherano ruled out of the encounter with a strained hamstring.

FC Barcelona have lost defender Javier Mascherano for next Tuesday's UEFA Champions League trip to Celtic FC after the Argentinian international sustained a right hamstring strain.

Mascherano collided with Sergio Busquets early in Barcelona's 4-1 Liga home victory over Real Sociedad de Fútbol on Tuesday and after initially soldiering on, the 29-year-old was substituted in the 35th minute. Subsequent medical tests revealed that the former Liverpool FC midfielder will be sidelined for up to a fortnight.

The injury is a blow to Barça coach Gerardo Martino, for whom Mascherano has been ever-present this season in central defence. The Blaugrana opened their quest for a fifth European Cup with a 4-0 Group H win at home to AFC Ajax. Next they face a Celtic side who suffered a 2-0 reverse at AC Milan.

Last updated: 25/09/13 13.35CET

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