Mascherano hamstring injury confirmed

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano has a hamstring injury which is expected to rule him out for between two and three weeks of action.

The Argentine picked up the injury after coming on during the second half of the Catalans Copa del Rey semi final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday after Sergi Roberto’s red card, but he completed the game before his injury was diagnosed at the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

"The club's medical services have confirmed that first team player Mascherano has a hamstring injury in his left leg,” read a Barca statement.

"Despite managing to finish the game against Atletico, Mascherano was in some discomfort at the final whistle. His return to competitive action will depend on his recovery."

Mascherano has featured in 26 fixtures for Luis Enrique’s side this campaign, mainly as a central defender although he has filled in for the injured Sergio Busquets in midfield in recent weeks.

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