FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué will be out of action for a month after the 27-year-old suffered a hip fissure during the 1-1 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg draw at home to Club Atlético de Madrid.
The Spanish international centre-back sustained the injury 12 minutes into Tuesday's all-Spanish encounter at Camp Nou after falling awkwardly following a challenge with Atlético's Diego Costa – who later limped off with a hamstring complaint. After subsequent analysis by club medics, Piqué was ruled out for up to four weeks, meaning he misses next Wednesday's return trip to Atlético as well as the Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid CF on 16 April.
The news comes as a significant blow to Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino who last week lost goalkeeper Víctor Valdés for the remainder of the season to a serious knee problem. Piqué's defensive partner Carles Puyol has also struggled with knee issues this term and is still awaiting the all-clear to make a comeback.
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