Jordi Alba set for six-week absence

The 24-year-old has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and will endure a further spell on the sidelines, ruling him out of key clashes with Real Madrid and AC Milan
Barcelona left back Jordi Alba has been ruled out for six weeks following a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, the club has confirmed.

The 24-year-old was in the final stages of his comeback after initially sustaining a torn hamstring in the Catalans' 3-2 victory over Sevilla in September, with the club's medical staff asserting that a three-week lay-off was a probable absence for the Spain international.

However, the Blaugrana have now revealed that Alba is set for an additional six-week spell on the sidelines after suffering a similar injury in the opposite leg.

The former Valencia star can expect to miss first Clasico of the season with Real Madrid on Oct. 26, as well as both clashes with AC Milan in the Champions League.

The news will come as a blow to coach Gerardo Martino, who has already been forced to contend with injuries to talisman Lionel Messi and utility man Javier Mascherano in recent weeks.

Barcelona, which has yet to drop a point in the Primera Division thus far, resumes domestic duties following the international break by traveling to Osasuna on Oct. 19.