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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has developed a hamstring injury following the game against Man City earlier this week.

Barcelona have been dealt a blow with the news that left-back Jordi Alba has picked up a hamstring strain.

The 24-year-old didn’t train with the first team yesterday as the problem has developed following his involvement in the Champions League win against Manchester City earlier this week.

He’s rated as a doubt by Spanish website AS ahead of Barca’s weekend match against Real Sociedad but before Manchester City fans get too excited, there’s no mention that it could be a long term problem.

“After enjoying a day off on Wednesday, the Barcelona squad began preparations for the upcoming Liga BBVA match against Real Sociedad. However, the Blaugrana were without Jordi Alba, who is struggling with a hamstring strain,” reads the opening of the report on the AS website.

“The 24-year-old finished the Catalans' Champions League win over Manchester City in discomfort, and focused on recovery work during Thursday's session at the Ciutat Esportiva. The left-back is a doubt for this weekend’s clash at Anoeta.”

Alba is one of the most important components in Barcelona’s defence and it will be a big blow to the side if the problem develops into something more serious.

Barcelona have two matches following this weekend’s game before the second leg of the tie against Manchester City where they currently hold a 2-0 lead.

That provides them with plenty of time to nurse Alba through this current problem, giving him game time against Almeria or Valladolid before he’s put under intense pressure by Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

It’s a story and an injury to keep a close eye on because if the problem develops into a more serious strain then a Barcelona without Alba is weaker and that could work to City’s advantage.

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