Barcelona facing injury crisis ahead of Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid

The injuries are piling up for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola ahead of their Champions League semis, with Maxwell and Gabriel Milito major doubts to face Real Madrid on Wednesday
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is facing a mounting injury crisis in defence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Brazilian full-back Maxwell and Argentine centre-half Gabriel Milito have become the latest players to pick up problems.

Milito was forced off after 65 minutes in the 2-0 win against Osasuna with muscular problems in his right leg, while Maxwell picked up a groin strain.

A report on Barcelona's official website states that both players will undergo tests on Sunday and only then will Guardiola be able to take a decision on their availability for their trip to Madrid.

First-choice left-back Eric Abidal is currently recovering from a surgery to remove a tumour and his deputy Adriano picked up an injury in the league game last week, leaving the Spanish champions without any recognised cover at left-back.

One possible option would be to utilise the versatile Malian midfielder Seydou Keita on the left-hand side of defence. Striker Bojan will also sit out the third of a series of four Clasico fixtures in this month.

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