Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen is set to miss six weeks of action with a hamstring injury he suffered while on international duty with Belgium, the club has confirmed.
The centre-back was forced off during Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Friday and now faces yet another spell on the sidelines.
The news comes as a blow to Barcelona with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined curently with a knee problem. There have been different reports over the severity of the French defender’s injury, and it’s still unclear when he will return to action. Fans may prefer to put their money into the best online casino usa rather than bet on his return to action in coming weekends.
❗MEDICAL REPORT: Thomas Vermaelen has a right hamstring injury. More details forthcoming. pic.twitter.com/mmACSOkstV
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 15, 2018
The injuries means that Barcelona only have two fit senior centre-backs available in Gerard Pique and summer signing Clement Lenglet, ahead of a tough run of fixtures.
Ernesto Valverde’s side take on La Liga leaders Sevilla in their first game back after the international break, followed by Inter Milan in the Champions League and then Real Madrid.
Reports have suggested that Barcelona B defender Jorge Cuenca could be called into the squad as back-up while Vermaelen and Umtiti are out.