Barcelona face defensive crisis ahead of Celtic tie

Barcelona face a defensive crisis ahead of next week's Champions League trip to Celtic after Javier Mascherano was ruled out for '10 to 15 days' with a hamstring injury.

The Argentina international suffered the problem in Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Real Sociedad and joins fellow defender Jordi Alba on the sidelines.

Alba was also diagnosed with a hamstring tear earlier this month to leave Barca without two first-choice defenders, while Carles Puyol is still making his way back from a knee problem.

Javier Mascherano underwent medical tests on Wednesday morning to determine the extent of the injury suffered in last night's league match at home to Real Sociedad

It has been confirmed that he has strained his right hamstring and will therefore be sidelined for 10 to 15 days.

– Official Barcelona statement.

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