Mascherano set for month on sidelines

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to miss a month of action through an injury sustained on international duty with Argentina.

The 33-year-old suffered a hamstring tear in his nation’s 4-2 victory over Nigeria last week and is set to be ruled out until mid-December.

“During the Argentina-Nigeria friendly match, first team player Javier Mascherano had a fibrillar tear in the femoral biceps of his right leg,” confirmed Barcelona in a club statement.

“This is confirmed by the tests carried out this morning at the Ciudad Deportiva medical centre. The approximate time of withdrawal is four weeks.

“It should be remembered that Mascherano played the 90 minutes in the defeat of Argentina against Nigeria.

“He has played this season a total of 10 games, six in the league, one in the Copa del Rey, two in the Champions League and one in the Spanish Super Cup.”

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