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Football news - Thomas Vermaelen ruled out for a month as Barcelona hit by defensive crisis

Vermaelen ruled out for a month as Barca hit by defensive crisis
By Eurosport

17/12/2018 at 14:42Updated 17/12/2018 at 14:46

Thomas Vermaelen will be out a month after tearing a calf muscle, Barcelona said Monday, leaving the Spanish champions with just two fit centre-backs.

The Belgian was substituted after sustaining the injury during Barca's 5-0 win at Levante on Sunday, which sent them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

"Tests carried out on the defender show that he has torn a muscle in his right calf and will be out for around four weeks," Barcelona said in a statement.

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With Samuel Umtiti taking treatment on a knee cartilage problem in Qatar, it leaves Barcelona with only Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet able to play in the heart of their defence.