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Barcelona dealt early injury blow during Eintracht clash


 

Spanish giants Barcelona have, on Thursday night, been dealt an altogether concerning blow on the personnel front.

Xavi Hernandez's troops are currently locked in action, having made the trip to Germany for the first-leg of the club's Europa League quarter-final showdown with Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Blaugrana headed into proceedings no doubt confident in their chances of securing an advantage to bring back to the Camp Nou in a week's time, fresh off the back of a 6th La Liga victory on the spin at the weekend.

As alluded to above, though, early in the exchanges in southwest Germany, Barca saw their hopes dealt something a blow.

This came as key defender Gerard Pique pulled up with what appeared to be a groin issue, before limping from the field of play in evident discomfort.

Clement Lenglet was introduced in his place.

Barca on the back foot

Pique's exit from proceedings early on comes in the midst of what has proven an altogether difficult evening for Barcelona thus far.

Despite being viewed as overwhelming favourites to advance from the tie, the Catalan outfit have given up numerous presentable chances to their hosts, looking some way short of their brilliant best of recent weeks.

Frankfurt even appeared set to be afforded the opportunity to open the game's scoring from twelve yards shortly before the interval, only for an ensuing VAR check to overrule the on-field decision.

The scoreline, in turn, remains locked at 0-0 with 45 minutes played at the Deutsche Bank Park.

 

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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