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Barcelona defender Eric García ruled out for five weeks

Barcelona confirmed on Sunday that Eric García is set to miss more than a month of action following a hamstring injury sustained against Granada.

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Barcelona defender Eric García ruled out for five weeks
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Eric García is expected to be out of action for the next five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Granada.

The 21-year-old centre-back was replaced by Clément Lenglet after 54 minutes on Saturday, and tests carried out by Barça on Sunday confirmed the severity of the problem.

García, who signed for Barcelona on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract expired at the end of 2020-21, has played 20 games so far this season.

Xavi's team have a number of players back following injury or positive Covid-19 tests, including Memphis Depay and Sergiño Dest, but will now be without García until around the middle of February, while Gavi will also serve a ban after being sent off against Granada.

Ansu Fati available again

Barça host Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday, with Xavi having confirmed forward Ansu Fati will return from a hamstring injury which has kept him out since November. The Spain international, who inherited the number 10 shirt worn by Lionel Messi, scored three times across five LaLiga appearances earlier this season following a 10-month absence with a serious knee injury.

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