Barca hit by five-week Semedo injury absence

Barcelona

Defender Nelson Semedo has handed Barcelona a huge injury blow by being ruled out for five weeks with a recurrence of a calf problem.

The 25-year-old Portugal international right-back, who has been an ever-present in Barca boss Ernesto Valverde’s first-team plans this season, was forced off after just 20 minutes of Saturday’s 4-1 win against Celta Viga at the Camp Nou.

And Barca released a brief statement to confirm that he will be on the sidelines until the middle of December.

It read: “Tests carried out on the first team player Nelson Semedo have confirmed that he has a calf injury in his left leg and will be out for around five weeks.”

The absence of Semedo, who joined in an initial €30.5 million deal from Benfica in summer 2017, will cause a selection headache for Valverde.

Sergi Roberto moved to right back to replace Semedo during the win against Celta Vigo, but he will be suspended for their next La Liga game at Leganes following the international break on November 23 due to suspension after picking up his fifth booking.

It means Moussa Wague should make his first start of the season in that game with Roberto likely to get the nod on his comeback.

Semedo is set to miss the Leganes game and the following home matches against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Real Mallorca.

He is also poised to miss out on the away games at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan in Europe and Real Sociedad, but should feature in the rearranged El Clasico against Real Madrid on December 18.

Latest

  • Arsenal

    Gunners targeting Villarreal defender

    The Gunners have struggled defensively this season, shipping in 17 goals already, and reports are rife suggesting under-fire boss Unai Emery is keen… var VUUKLE_CONFIG = { apiKey: "bc9fd4eb-d7be-4d00-87ef-b570563b015f", articleId: "473013", tags: "Pau Torres", author: "Michael Holland", // Lang wordpressSync: true, eventHandler: function (e) { console.log(e); if (e.eventType == 'wpSync') { jQuery.ajax({ type: 'POST', data: { "action": "save_comment_to_db", "comment_ID":e.comment_ID, "comment_post_ID": e.comment_post_ID, "comment_author": e.comment_author, "comment_author_email": e.email, "comment_author_url": e.comment_author_url, "comment_content": e.comment_content, "comment_type": e.comment_type, "comment_parent_ID": e.comment_parent, "user_id": e.user_id, "comment_author_IP": e.comment_author_IP, "comment_agent": e.comment_agent, "comment_approved": e.comment_approved, "comment_date": e.comment_date, "comment_date_gmt": e.comment_date_gmt, "comment_karma": e.comment_karma, "_wpnonce": "afd8e71e53" // WPCS: XSS ok }, url: "/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php", beforeSend: function () { }, success: function (data) { } }); } }, // Articles - recommendations in emotes and comments widget recommendationsWideImages: false, recommendationsProtocol: "", globalRecommendations: false, // Colors darkMode: false, // By Widget theme: {color: "108ee9"}, comments: { auth: { vuukle: false, password: false, facebook: true, twitter: true, google: true, disqus: true, }, hideRecommendedArticles: false, hideCommentInputBox: false, enabled: true, commentingClosed: false, maxChars: '3000', countToLoad: '5', toxicityLimit: '80', spamLimit: '90', sorting: 'latest', transliteration:{ language: 'en', enabledByDefault: false, }, }, emotes: { enabled: true, hideRecommendedArticles: false, size: '50', // icons size firstImg: '', firstName: 'HAPPY', secondImg: '', secondName: 'INDIFFERENT', thirdImg: '', thirdName: 'AMUSED', fourthImg: '', fourthName: 'EXCITED', fifthImg: '', fifthName:'ANGRY', sixthImg: '', sixthName: 'SAD', disable: [], }, powerbar: { enabled: true, defaultEmote: 1, }, }; (function () { var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.async = true; s.src = 'https://cdn.vuukle.com/platform.js'; (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })();

  • Liverpool

    Liverpool midfielder linked with PSG switch

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is a target for Paris Saint-Germain, who are keen to land him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

  • olivier-giroud-chelsea
    Chelsea

    Inter arrive to hammer out Giroud deal

    Inter Milan are stepping up their pursuit of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud after sporting director Piero Ausilio arrived in London to hold talks.

  • James Maddison has picked up a calf injury.
    Leicester City

    Foxes have Maddison injury concerns

    Leicester midfielder James Maddison has picked up a calf injury and could sit out England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo on Sunday.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly is a Man City target.
    Manchester City

    City linked with double defender swoop

    Manchester City could be ready to spend big in the January transfer window in an attempt to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool.

  • gareth-bale-real-madrid
    Manchester United

    Real hopeful Reds will take Bale

    Real Madrid are hopeful that Manchester United will take Gareth Bale off their hands in the January transfer window, reports have claimed.

  • Aston Villa

    Villa to stand firm over McGinn’s future

    Aston Villa will dig in and command a fee of up to £50million if they are to offload influential midfielder John McGinn in January, according to reports.

  • Cardiff City

    Harris looks a good fit for Cardiff City post

    Neil Harris looks like being a shrewd appointment by Cardiff City after he was drafted into replace the outgoing Neil Warnock at the Championship outfit.

  • Everton

    Walcott reveals Everton first-team target

    Theo Walcott is determined to stay in Everton boss Marco Silva's first-team plans this season and help the side climb up the Premier League table.

  • Romelu Lukaku is delighted with his summer move from Manchester United to Inter Milan and wants to "help them build something here".
    Inter Milan

    Lukaku made exit decision in March

    Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has revealed he made up his mind that he would be leaving Manchester United before the end of last season.

    James Mason