Barcelona confirm Clement Lenglet muscle injury ahead of crucial fixture
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Barcelona have announced that Clement Lenglet has suffered a muscle injury in the biceps femoris of his left thigh

The French center-back had medical tests on Thursday, which verified his injury, although Barcelona did not say how long he would be out. They stated that it would be contingent on his recuperation.

“Test conducted on Clement Lenglet on the morning of Thursday 3 February has revealed an injury to the femoral biceps in his left hamstring,” Barca’s statement reads.

So far this season, Lenglet has played 790 minutes distributed between 16 games in La Liga and the Champions League. For minutes, he’s been pitted against Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, and Samuel Umtiti.

Barcelona has endured a slew of injuries this season and will need all the aid they can get as the season winds down.

They presently sit in fifth position in La Liga, one point behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. They will also play Napoli in the following round of the Europa League later this month and also not to mention their clash with Atletico Madrid this Sunday.

Despite a few disappointing performances, the Frenchman was a frequent starter under Ronald Koeman last season. The addition of Xavi Hernandez, though, has transformed the scenario for the 26-year-old.

He has fallen behind Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique, Xavi’s first-choice central backline, in the pecking order. Samuel Umtiti, Lenglet’s countryman, is also sidelined with an injury.

Araujo is presently serving with Uruguay on international service. He will, however, most likely play in Barcelona’s vital encounter against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Eric Garcia, who has recently returned to training after recovering from an injury, is another defensive option for the Catalans.

 

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