Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Barcelona's Malcom out for 10-15 days with ankle sprain

Barcelona will be hoping to build on the momentum from their 2-0 win over Villarreal Barcelona will be hoping to build on the momentum from their 2-0 win over Villarreal
Cassandra Castillo | 09 December, 2018, 00:25

The Catalan side issued a statement on Thursday confirming that the forward has sprained his right ankle and is expected to be sidelined for 10 to 15 days.

The injury forced the former Bordeaux man to come off in the final minutes of Wednesday night's victory over Cultural Leonesa.

The injury will mean he misses the club's Champions League clash with Tottenham on Tuesday at the Nou Camp. Barcelona forward Messi - a five-time victor of the Balon d'Or, awarded to the world's best player - is not even rated in the top three of football's greatest players by the 78-year-old Brazilian. I do not have the minutes I wanted to have and I just want to play. "If you ask me, 'Was he better than Messi?' Yes, he was. Much better." Said Pele.

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Holding a 1-0 first-leg lead Barcelona soon stretched that advantage, with Munir El Haddadi slamming a strike into the top corner after 18 minutes to complete a slick team move.

Spanish worldwide Denis Suarez bagged a double as Barca beat third-tier Leonesa 4-1 to progress 5-1 on aggregate.

Sene pulled a goal back from close range but highly-rated playmaker Riqui Puig appeared in the second half for his Barcelona debut and created the fourth goal with a sweet dink that Suarez dispatched coolly. The third goal came in the 44th minute, when Malcom headed in a cross from Ivan Rakitic.

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