Rakitic to miss Espanyol, Juve

Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic is set to sit out his side’s Catalan derby with Espanyol and the Champions League opening clash with Juventus.

The 29-year-old picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty and missed Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying clash with Turkey.

The former Sevilla midfielder was replaced in the 55th minute of the Croats clash with Kosovo on Saturday, and Diario AS report he is set to miss a further week of action.

New signing Paulinho, who captained Brazil against Colombia on Tuesday while Sergi Roberto is favourite to start in his place.

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