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Defensive worries as Barcelona prepare to meet Getafe

IANS  |  Barcelona 

chief Ernesto has to overcome a defensive problem if he is to end a good week for the Catalan football giants on a positive note as they host in the on Sunday.

kicked off the week with a 1-1 draw away to Espanyol and then defeated 2-0 to seal their place in their fifth successive Cup final, reports

However, those results came at a price with picking up a booking at the weekend which means he is suspended for Sunday's visit of Getafe, while was injured following a bad challenge from Espanyol's

Pique pushed himself to play in Valencia, but had to leave the pitch seven minutes from time and is unlikely to be fit for Sunday, while Tojmas Vermaelen has still not recovered from a

That means has the recently-arrived Yerry Mina, who replaced Pique on Thursday to make his debut, as his only fit central defender and will have to improvise with perhaps filling in alongside Mina.

will be without the injured in midfield but Barcelona's makeshift defence will have to beware of the partnership of and Angel Rodriguez, who combine well in attack.

Angel has eight goals this season and his understanding with Molina has been vital to Getafe' s season, although may opt to play an extra man in central midfield.

Meanwhile attacking midfielder is in line to start after a decisive second half display as substitute in with the disappointing likely to make way for the Brazilian, who arrived from in January.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 15:54 IST