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Barcelona defender Inigo Martinez expected to miss five weeks with thigh injury

The center-back is out again

UD Barbastro v FC Barcelona - Copa Del Rey Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona expect Inigo Martinez to miss around five weeks after being injured again on Sunday in the Copa del Rey win at Barbastro.

Martinez was back in action after hamstring trouble but had to go off yet again after suffering a fresh injury.

Barcelona have confirmed it’s a thigh problem:

Diario Sport reckon Martinez will be now sidelined for just over a month.

The news means he’ll miss the Spanish Super Cup, the next round of the Copa del Rey and league games against Real Betis, Villarreal, Osasuna and Alaves.

Barcelona are hoping he will be fit in time for the return of the Champions League in February, with the Catalans set to take on Napoli in the round of 16.

The news is a real blow to Martinez in his first season at Barca. He’s looked a good addition to the squad but injuries means he’s only made six La Liga starts for Xavi’s side.

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