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Afellay out for five weeks

July 31, 2011

Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay is set to be sidelined for up to five weeks after suffering a hamstring tear during his side's defeat to Manchester United.

Ibrahim Afellay celebrates his first goal since joining Barcelona
GettyImagesIbrahim Afellay celebrates his first goal since joining Barcelona

The Holland international sustained the injury just before half-time in the 2-1 pre-season friendly defeat to United in Washington and was replaced by Isaac Cuenca.

According to the Barca website, the 25-year-old Afellay is likely to be out for between ''four to five weeks'', meaning he would miss next month's Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, the UEFA Super Cup against Porto and the start of the new Primera Division season.