Barcelona’s Pique out for 3 weeks, misses Supercup

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will be sidelined for three

weeks after injuring a calf muscle in training Tuesday.

The centerback will miss Friday’s European Supercup when the

Champions League winners play Europa League victor FC Porto in

Monaco after tearing a muscle in his left leg, his Spanish club

said.

The World Cup winner will miss Spain’s international friendly

against Chile in Geneva on Sept. 2 and a European Championship

qualifying match against Liechtenstein four days later.

The 24-year-old Pique has been a regular in Pep Guardiola’s

squad since arriving from Manchester United in 2008, helping the

Spanish champions to 11 major trophies including two European

Cups.

Barcelona’s backline, which is already without Carles Puyol,

will be tested. Eric Abidal and Javier Mascherano are likely to

fill in.