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Barca's Dani Alves out 3 weeks

October 8, 2012
By Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona's already hurting defense has taken another hit with Dani Alves sidelined for three weeks because of a pulled muscle in his left thigh.

The Brazil right back left Sunday's 2-2 tie against Real Madrid in the first half and was replaced by Martin Montoya.

Dani Alves will miss Brazil's upcoming friendlies
PA PhotosDani Alves will be out 3 weeks with a thigh injury.

Barcelona was already missing Carles Puyol, out until December with a dislocated elbow, while Eric Abidal is still recovering from a liver transplant.

Defender Gerard Pique is expected to return soon from a sprained left foot.

Barcelona is also without midfielder Thiago Alcantara because of a damaged ligament, while Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba, Adriano and Alexis Sanchez have all missed games this season due to health problems.