Barca’s Pique injured

AFP, Sunday 16 Oct 2011

Barcelona's central defender Gerard Pique, injured in his team's 3-0 win over Racing Santander on Saturday, faces a two-week spell on the sidelines

Gerard Pique
Barcelona's player Gerard Pique leaves the pitch after an injury during their Spanish first division soccer match against Racing de Santander (Photo: Reuters)

Pique had to leave the pitch after just eight minutes to be replaced by Eric Abidal with tests confirming he suffered a right thigh problem, a club statement reported on Sunday.

The win over Racing Santander, with Lionel Messi scoring twice, preserved Barcelona's one point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga.

This is Pique's second injury this season, he tore a calf muscle and was out for three weeks, missing his team's 2-0 European Super Cup win over FC Porto in August.

The injury means Pique will miss Barcelona's hosting of Czech side Viktoria Pilsen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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