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Barcelona confirm Thomas Vermaelen out for two weeks

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Barcelona have confirmed that defender Thomas Vermaelen will be out for two weeks with a hamstring injury picked up in the 5-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Vermaelen was forced off in the first half with the problem as Samuel Umtiti made his return from injury, coming on to replace the Belgian.

However, Vermaelen’s injury is not too serious and he won’t be out for too long which is good news for the defender who has been in good form for Barca.

“FC Barcelona’s medical services have confirmed that Thomas Vermaelen has a hamstring injury in his left leg and tests on Monday have ascertained that the Belgian defender will be out for around 2 weeks.”

Source | FC Barcelona

With Umtiti fit again he should continue to partner Gerard Pique in the heart of the Barcelona defence, with Yerry Mina and Javier Mascherano the back-up options.