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Barcelona Down to the Bare Bones

Barcelona Down to the Bare Bones

Losing Samuel Umtiti to injury is a big blow for Barcelona.

Umtiti, a regular in the Barcelona starting eleven, is expected to be side-lined for eight weeks courtesy of a torn hamstring.

His absence will cause Ernesto Valverde to have concerns about how his side will cope in Umtiti`s absence.

Normally, the reliable Javier Mascherano would slip into the void alongside Gerard Pique.

Unfortunately, the Argentine is also injured and is expected to be out, also with a hamstring problem, until mid-December.

This leaves Valverdo with only the option of selecting Thomas Vermaelen to partner Pique.

Vermaelen has, so far this season, only started one La Liga game and spent last season out on loan.

His recent record also suggests that he is susceptible to injury.

With a busy fixture schedule upon us, let`s keep our fingers crossed we manage to survive this centre-back crisis with no further injuries, otherwise we could be in trouble.

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Writer:St. George
Date:Sunday December 3 2017
Time: 1:43PM

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