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Barca's Alves out for three weeks with thigh strain

Published on Oct 8, 2012 6:07 AM
 
Barcelona's defensive problems took a turn for the worse when the La Liga leaders' Brazil fullback Daniel Alves was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - Barcelona's defensive problems took a turn for the worse when the La Liga leaders' Brazil fullback Daniel Alves was ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury.

Alves, who will miss Brazil's friendly internationals against Iraq and Japan on Oct 11 and Oct 16, was forced off after half an hour of Barca's 2-2 La Liga draw at home to Real Madrid on Sunday.

Tests showed he had damaged his left thigh muscle, Barca said in a statement on their website.