Barcelona have been without left-back Jordi Alba for the past several weeks, and while he was expected to return to action soon, Barca will have to make other plans. The 24-year-old star will miss an additional six weeks due to a thigh injury, according to FC Barcelona's official Twitter account:
Jordi Alba will be out of action for a further six weeks after picking up a thigh injury in training this morning. #fcblive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 10, 2013
Alba was initially injured on Sept. 14, when he suffered a hamstring injury during Barca's 3-2 victory over Sevilla, according to the Daily Mail.
A three-week timetable was set for his return, which means he could have been back after the international break. However, this setback ensures that he will remain out of the picture of the foreseeable future.
Despite the fact that Alba has missed quite a bit of time this season, Blaugrana continue to roll to the tune of an 8-0 record, which is tied with Atletico Madrid for first place in La Liga.
Most teams would buckle without a player like Alba, but Barcelona are stacked with talent throughout their lineup, so they are one of the few that are capable of persevering when key players are out of commission.
Alba is particularly important to Barca because of his willingness to jump into the play as a defender. His attacking style makes Barcelona that much more dangerous as evidenced by the fact that he scored five goals last season.
Also, Spain will have to play without Alba in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia. The Spaniards are tied atop their group with France, though, and both of those matches should be fairly routine wins regardless of Alba's status.
With club and country performing so well without him, resting and rehabbing for six weeks is probably the best course of action for Alba, who can't risk coming back too quickly yet again.
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