Injured Motta set to miss Barcelona Euro clash

April 2, 2006

MADRID, April 1 (Reuters) - Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta is likely to miss next week's Champions League return match against Benfica after sustaining a groin strain against Real Madrid in the Primera Liga on Saturday.

The versatile midfielder was forced to leave the pitch shortly before halftime of the 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp and is a serious doubt for Wednesday's quarter-final, second leg.

Barca drew 0-0 with Benfica last Tuesday in Lisbon.