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Barça's Busquets avoids serious injury after Escalante tackle

Barcelona have confirmed the extent of Sunday's injury to Sergio Busquets, who was forced off by a foul by EIbar's Gonzalo Escalante.


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Sergio Busquets is expected to be out for around 10-15 days after Barcelona confirmed that the midfielder suffered an ankle sprain against Eibar.

Injured by brutal Escalante tackle

Busquets receives medical treatment after being injured by Escalante's challenge.
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Busquets receives medical treatment after being injured by Escalante's challenge.David RamosGetty Images

Busquets had to be stretchered off in Barça's 4-0 LaLiga win at Ipurúa on Sunday after an ill-timed, studs-up challenge by Gonzalo Escalante early in the first half.

However, initial fears over a more serious injury were quelled by a scan on Monday, which revealed "a sprained external lateral ligament in his right ankle".

The 28-year-old Spain international is in line to miss three games, rising to four if Barça make it though to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.


Copa del Rey: Quarter-final second leg against Real Sociedad (26 January) and, if Barça qualify, the semi-final first leg (1 February). LaLiga: Real Betis (29 January), Athletic Club (4 February).

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