Barca lose Xavi for a fortnight

Barcelona have suffered another blow with the news that key

midfielder Xavi will be sidelined for around two weeks through

injury.

The Spain international was substituted towards the end of

Sunday night’s 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid and tests on Monday

revealed a thigh problem which, according to the Barca website, is

likely to keep him out for around 15 days.

Losing Xavi is a further setback for Barca, who also saw

midfielder Seydou Keita limp out of the Atletico match after just

five minutes with a hamstring injury that will see him missing for

up to four weeks.

Yaya Toure was already missing through injury, while another

midfielder, Sergio Busquets, picked up a yellow card at the Vicente

Calderon that means he will now have to serve a suspension.

Barca, whose defeat at Atletico was their first in the league

this season, face league matches against Racing Santander, Malaga

and Almeria in the next three weeks, as well as the first leg of

their Champions League last-16 tie with Stuttgart.