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Masherano to continue in central defence as injuries mount for Barcelona with star players Carles Puyol and Andres Iniesta to skip La Liga match on the weekend

Carles Puyol has been ruled out of Barcelona’s visit to Real Sociedad on Saturday, according to a note on the club’s official website.

The Barcelona captain, who has struggled with injuries this term, will join Andres Iniesta, Maxwell, Adriano, Bojan Krkic and Eric Abidal on the sidelines.

Puyol’s absence means that Javier Mascherano is likely to continue in defence, as he did during the midweek Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid.

As a result of Barcelona's depleted squad, youth team player Gerald Deulofeu has been called up to the first team squad for this weekend's match.

The club’s website has confirmed the following squad to travel for the match: Valdes, Pinto; Alves, Montoya, Pique, Milito, Fontas; Xavi, Keita, Busquets, Affelay, Thiago, Sergi Roberto; Messi, Villa, Pedro, Deulofeu, Jeffren.


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