Larsson faces a six-month lay-off after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage in his left knee during Saturday's Spanish league win against Real Madrid CF. This had meant he was unable to play 60 per cent of Barcelona's matches this season and qualify for a contract extension as stipulated in the one-year deal he signed last summer upon arrival from Celtic FC.
'Focus on recovering'
However, in an act of goodwill, Barcelona have decided to renew his contract by 12 months so that the 33-year-old can "focus on recovering without the added worry of contractual issues".
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