Barcelona confirm new signing Vermaelen still carrying injury

Thomas Vermaelen poses for photographers after joining Barcelona from Arsenal. 

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Barcelona have confirmed that new £15 million ($25 million) signing Thomas Vermaelen is still carrying a hamstring injury and will have to wait before he starts training with his new team.

The 28-year-old defender was presented at Camp Nou on Sunday after completing his move from Arsenal to the Catalan side and admitted he was not yet 100 percent fit after getting injured during Belgium’s 1-0 win over Russia in the World Cup, which meant the defender played just 29 minutes of football in Brazil.

The former Arsenal captain added he hoped to "start from zero" after missing most of last season with the Gunners due to a series of injuries but joins Barca as an injured player.

A statement from Barcelona said: "Thomas Vermaelen injured his right hamstring during the World Cup in June. The player will undergo physiotherapy, and the evolution of the injury will determine when he returns to training."