Gerard Pique will miss three weeks of action with an ankle problem, while Jordi Alba is set to sit out a fortnight with a hamstring injury.

Barcelona confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday morning after both defenders were forced off with injuries in their side's 4-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Both Pique and Alba will miss Saturday's La Liga trip to Valencia, the home tie with Granada and also the Champions League clash with Manchester City, while a return for the trip to Sevilla also looks unlikely for both, while Pique is likely to miss Spain's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia and friendly with England next month.

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