Serious problems for Barcelona before Bilbao and El Clasico

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Barcelona have received another bit of bad news as the injured list rises to eight and the team is now down to 11 key players.

Captain Sergi Roberto has suffered a muscle strain following a training session and is expected to miss their match with Athletic Bilbao this Sunday.

Diario Sport rep orts that it initially looks like a minor injury and the recovery time could be around 7-10 days.

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That would rule him out of action against Bilbao but could see him return against Shakhtar Donetsk or Real Madrid next week.

Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Alejandro Balde and Lamine Yamal are already suffering from injuries, although the latter two returned to training and are expected to be ready for Bilbao on Sunday.

Pedri and Raphinha are also close to returning within the next week.

However, as things stand, Barcelona only have 11 first-team players available, including back-up goalkeeper Inaki Pena, although Fermin Lopez and Lamine Yamal have spent most of the season with the first team.

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