FC Barcelona: Cesc Fabregas Suffers Hamstring Injury, Sidelined for 3 Weeks

Jhony GutierrezContributor IOctober 1, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona in action during the La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 8-0.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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FC Barcelona and the Spanish National team will be without the services of Cesc Fabregas for about three weeks following an unfortunate hamstring strain during practice.

The Spanish midfielder will most likely miss Barcelona's upcoming bouts with Sporting Gijon, Racing Santander and FC Viktoria. The injury also comes at a time when the Spanish national team will be taking on the Czech Republic and Scotland for UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.

The addition of Cesc Fabregas, a product of La Masia's training grounds, not only increased Barcelona's arsenal of talent and refined their finesse style of play, but it has also proved to be an ideal fit for Lionel Messi—a man whose individual presence has left a path of destruction all over La Liga.

Fabregas has been responsible for four goals and four assists through his first five La Liga games.  Not only has his offensive production proved valuable, and his chemistry with Messi increased the attacking prowess of Barcelona, the hamstring injury comes at a time when the Catalan squad is already without Andres Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez and Ibrahim Afellay.

Pep Guardiola's squad, though injury ridden, has sufficient talent on the bench to ride out Cesc's absence. Midfielder's like Alcantara, Adriano and Jonathan dos Santos will likely be given the opportunity to display their talent while Fabregas is out.

If we've learned anything from Barcelona in recent years, it is that they're able to plug in different names all over the field. By virtue of the dedicated training and a demand for a highly productive style of play, the pieces seem to complement each other regardless of the name on the jersey. That's not to say that the production will be the same, but the Catalan club should be fine during his three week hiatus.