Busquets to miss Vallecano game; doubtful for Man City clash

Sergio Busquets was stretchered off during Barcelona's 3-1 win against Villarreal in the Copa del Rey.

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Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is doubtful for his team’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Manchester City on March 18.

The Spain international was carried off on a stretcher in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match at Villarreal after hurting his right ankle.

A statement from Barcelona read: "Tests done on Thursday morning confimed that Busquets has a right ankle syndesmosis injury.

"The player is ruled out for Sunday’s league match with Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou.

"His availability beyond that will be carefully monitored."

Busquets, who last week extended his contract with Barca until June 2019, is expected to also sit out the league game at Eibar on March 14.

However, Barca coach Luis Enrique will be hoping to have the 26-year-old available four days later when they host City.

The good news for Barca fans is that Busquets should be fit in time for El Clasico against Real Madrid on March 22.