BARCELONA

Piqué and Jordi Alba ruled out of return Manchester City clash

Both limped off during Barcelona's win over Manchester City on Wednesday night. Piqué will miss three weeks, Alba two.

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Gerard Piqué estará tres semanas de baja
GORKA LEIZA DIARIO AS

Barcelona may have run out comfortable 4-0 winners over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night but the match cost them dearly.

Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba, two of Luis Enrique’s first-choice defenders along the backline, limped off injured during the first half, replaced by Lucas Digne and Jeremy Mathieu.

Pique out for three weeks

Piqué was injured in a challenge by international teammate David Silva and has, according to a club statement, “sprained the external lateral ligament in the right ankle. The estimated time he will be out will be three weeks.” It’s unlikely that Luis Enrique will be able to count on Piqué until after the next international break in November.

Piqué receives medical treatment after Silva's challenge

Alba will miss two weeks of action

The club say that Alba will be out for “approximately two weeks” having “strained the hamstring in his left leg.”

Both are set to miss league fixtures against Valencia and Granada, the return match with Manchester City at the Etihad and the Catalan Super Cup against Espanyol on the 26th October. Piqué is also set to miss Barcelona’s trip to Sevilla on the 6th November.

Jordi Alba was close to tears after being forced off with injury against Manchester City