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Lewandowski out of El Clasico as Barcelona dealt injury blow ahead of Madrid clash

Barcelona have confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski will miss Thursday’s game against Real Madrid.

The Poland international suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Almeria.

Barca play Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Santiago Bernabeu and will be without their leading goalscorer for the crucial game.

Lewandowski could also miss Barca’s next two La Liga games against Valencia and Athletic Bilbao.

He is set to be out of action for at least two weeks as a result of the injury.

It is a massive blow for Xavi’s side, given their lack of depth in attack right now.

Ousmane Dembele is yet to fully recover from injury, and Pedri is also on the treatment table.

Lewandowski has bagged 25 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions this season.

The 34-year-old could return for the La Liga game against Los Blancos at Camp Nou on March 19.

Blaugrana missed a chance to go 10 points clear at the top of La Liga yesterday.

They were also dumped out of the Europa League by Manchester United last Thursday.

Barcelona have just the league title and Copa del Rey to fight for this term.

The last thing they need right now are injuries to key players. Ansu Fati is also likely to be unavailable after suffering a knee injury in training on Friday.

Raphinha and Ferran Torres are the only attackers available for selection right now.

The Brazilian could be deployed as a striker against Madrid, and Xavi can only hope for the best.

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