Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa,
who had been expected to step up from their youth ranks to the
first team this season, will be out of action for up to six
months after damaging knee ligaments, the club said on
The 20-year-old centre-back sustained the injury during
Barca's 2-1 pre-season friendly win at Hamburg SV on Tuesday,
when highly rated youngster Gerard Deulofeu and Dani Alves
scored the goals.
New Barca coach Tito Vilanova got off to a winning start in
his first game in charge, despite missing many of his
first-choice players including Lionel Messi.
Muniesa's injury reduces Vilanova's options in the centre of
defence, and Pep Guardiola's former assistant stated at his
presentation last month the club were keen to secure
reinforcements in this position.
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