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The former Manchester United defender will be out of action for a fortnight after suffering a muscular problem in los Blaugranas' 3-1 defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday evening

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is set for two weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury he picked up in Saturday's 3-1 loss against Real Sociedad.

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The centre-back played the full 90 minutes in Barca's defeat on Saturday, but the club have since confirmed he sustained a muscular problem during the match.

Pique is expected to miss the league games with Almeria and Real Valladolid, while he could also be a doubt for the second leg of Barca's Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester City on March 12.

It is not the first time that the 27-year-old has spent time out this season, after struggling with a groin problem and a hernia earlier in the campaign.

"Gerard Pique will be out of action for two weeks after suffering a minor thigh injury against Real Sociedad," Barca confirmed in a statement on the club's official website.

"Pique also missed the away game to Betis in November with groin trouble, the same problem that led to him being dropped as a precautionary measure for the games with Osasuna and Celta."

The 37-year-old has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Barca this season, scoring four goals, and his absence could be a big loss for head coach Gerardo Martino with little cover in defence as they three points behind Real Madrid in the Primera Liga.

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