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Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie ruled out for up to six weeks with injury

Barcelona midfielder Franck Kessie is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury during the 4-2 win against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League last night.

Spanish outlet AS claims Kessie has ruptured the femoral biceps in his left leg and will miss at least six weeks of action.

It has been a tough start to life at Barca for Kessie, who has struggled for minutes this season.

The former AC Milan star has failed to nail down a place in Xavi’s starting eleven, with Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong above him in the pecking order.

There are also rumours that Kessie is looking for an exit in January, but his agent has denied them.

The 25-year-old will miss the next two La Liga fixtures against Almeria and Osasuna and could return to action against Espanyol after the World Cup.

Injuries continue to pile up for the Blaugrana, with Pablo Torre also sustaining an injury against the Czech outfit.

The 19-year-old was handed his first start last night, and he seized the opportunity by scoring his maiden goal for Barca in the 75th minute.

Blaugrana manager Xavi claimed Torre’s injury was not severe, but Kessie’s setback could prompt Barca to invest in a new midfielder in the winter transfer window.

The Blaugrana are reportedly prioritising a move for a midfielder in January, having been left unimpressed with Busquets’ performances.

Ruben Neves, Edson Alvarez, Martin Zubimendi and Enzo Fernandez are amongst the names considered by the Catalan giants.

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