By G9ija

Barcelona has revealed that defender Eric Garcia will be out for roughly five weeks due to a hamstring injury. The summer signing played 54 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Granada before limping off with the injury and being replaced by Clement Lenglet.

Garcia was soon sent for tests, and Barcelona has confirmed that he has injured his hamstring and will be out for at least a month.

Garcia will miss the forthcoming Super Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday with a semi-final against Real Madrid, as well as the Copa del Rey last-16 fixture against Athletic Club, due to a five-week absence.

Garcia is set to miss matches against Alaves, Atletico Madrid, and Espanyol in La Liga, but the hope is that he will be able to return in time for Barcelona’s Europa League opener against Napoli on February 17.

In the short term, Garcia’s injury is a major setback for Xavi, who is already without Ronald Araujo after the Uruguayan was forced to undergo surgery for a hand injury, which will keep him out of the Super Cup.

Gerard Pique, who turns 35 in February, will almost certainly be given more playing time in the coming weeks, with Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, and the unwelcome Samuel Umtiti – who has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou – his only other alternatives.

Xavi is also missing midfielders Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, and Sergi Roberto, as well as strikers Martin Braithwaite and Ansu Fati, though the latter is likely to return in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Ferran Torres is also out with COVID-19, although he has yet to be enrolled in the team due to Philippe Coutinho’s move to Aston Villa not clearing enough wage budget to add the Spaniard.