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Barcelona suffers on double injury ahead of CL against Chelsea

Lionel Messi teed up Luis Suarez for the equaliser and it was roles reversed on the half hour mark as the Argentine gave the home side the lead.

Barcelona suffers on double injury ahead of CL against Chelsea

Lionel Messi teed up Luis Suarez for the equaliser and it was roles reversed on the half hour mark as the Argentine gave the home side the lead.

02 mart 2018 Friday 12:09
Barcelona suffers on double injury ahead of CL against Chelsea

Barcelona suffered a double injury scare ahead of their upcoming Champions League second leg tie against Chelsea and there's bad news for one key player.

Following the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, the Catalan giants were back in action just three days later as they welcomed Girona to the Camp Nou in an important game in their attempts to regain the La Liga title from Real Madrid.

The hosts suffered a nightmare start to the game as they were one down after only three minutes as Portu took full advantage of a rare mistake from Samuel Umtiti to find the back of the net with a crisp finish from an rather acute angle.

However, that goal simply served to shake Barca into action and they were level moments later as Lionel Messi teed up Luis Suarez for the equaliser and it was roles reversed on the half hour mark as the Argentine gave the home side the lead.

More goals - including Suarez getting his hat-trick and a wonder strike from ex-Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho - followed in the second half as Barca cruised to a 6-1 victory, but there were a couple of negative points about the display.

Gerard Pique, who was playing despite heavy strapping on his knee, went down in the second half and looked to be in serious pain. After receiving treatment the Spaniard attempted to carry on but eventually had to be replaced by former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.

Towards the end of the game, right-back Nelson Semedo - who missed the game at Stamford Bridge through suspension - pulled up whilst chasing after the ball with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and that was confirmed via the club's official website on Monday.

A statement read: "The Club's Medical Services department has confirmed that first team player Nelson Semedo has suffered an injury to his left hamstring.

"Further testing carried out has indicated that he will be out for approximately five weeks."

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