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Football: Barcelona say Vermaelen not ready to train

Published on Aug 11, 2014 6:31 PM
 
Belgium soccer player Thomas Vermaelen is pictured during his presentation at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, on Aug 10, 2014. Barcelona's new signing Thomas Vermaelen has an injured right hamstring and is not yet ready to start training, the Spanish club said on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Barcelona's new signing Thomas Vermaelen has an injured right hamstring and is not yet ready to start training, the Spanish club said on Monday.

The 28-year-old Belgium international defender, who completed his move to Barcelona from Arsenal on Sunday, picked up the injury during the World Cup in Brazil, the club said in a statement.

He will undergo physiotherapy, it added. "His presence in training sessions will depend on how his recovery progresses," Barcelona said.

Vermaelen, who had been at Arsenal for five years, and captain for the past two seasons, said during his presentation at the Nou Camp on Sunday that he wanted to draw a line under an injury-plagued spell.

 
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