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Barcelona's Vermaelen out for 1 month with leg injury

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says defender Thomas Vermaelen has injured a muscle in his right leg and will be sidelined for a month. Vermaelen injured his leg during Barcelona's 5-0 win at Levante on Sunday.

That leaves Barcelona with Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet as its only center backs, with Samuel Umtiti also sidelined while recovering from a left-knee injury. Barcelona hosts Celta Vigo on Saturday in the Spanish league before a two-week winter break.

Vermaelen should be fit by the time Barcelona plays its Champions League round-of-16 tie against Lyon in February. The 33-year old Belgian's career has been plagued by injuries. He has made six appearances for Barcelona this season.

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