Manchester City get Champions League hope as Barca suffer injury blow

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique is out for two weeks, and faces a race against time to get back in action for the second leg.

Manchester City have it all to do in the next leg of their Champions League tie with Barcelona. The red card for Martin Demichelis and subsequent penalty was one thing - but when Dani Alves made it 2-0 in the 90th minute the final nail was being delicately placed upon the coffin, just waiting to be hammered home at the Nou Camp.

The bonus from the game is that Demichelis will be suspended - meaning Pellegrini will actually not be able to confound reason and play him regardless of his poor form.

Meanwhile Barcelona may also be without a centre-back as well - a far more important one.

Gerard Pique, a former Manchester United player of course, is the main central defender nowadays at Barca - with the ageing legs of Carles Puyol struggling to do the job regularly.

But he is touch-and-go for the game after picking up an unfortunate injury in the game with Real Sociedad yesterday.

The Spanish international has been ruled out for a minimum of two weeks with an injury to his right leg.

That officially rules him out of the games against Almeria and Real Valladolid - leaving his comeback game as the tie with City on the 12th March - although that may have come too soon for him.

City are dangerous no matter who they play and where they play them - and Barca do not have the best strength in depth when it comes to the defensive area.

Puyol is struggling with a back problem and faith in Marc Bartra is minimal meaning somebody such as Alex Song, Sergio Busquets or Adriano might be asked to do the job.

While nobody ever wishes injury on anybody, following Barca’s humbling by Sociedad, this is yet more news that will give City hope of a famous comeback.

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