Sat, 25 Sep 2021

Barcelona [Spain], September 15 (ANI): FC Barcelona on Wednesday confirmed that Jordi Alba and Pedri have sustained an injury after their defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League opener.

FC Bayern beat FC Barcelona 3-0 on Tuesday night, getting off to a perfect start to the Champions League campaign. Thomas Muller put Bayern ahead in the first half, Robert Lewandowski doubling the lead after the restart and rounding off his brace in the closing stages, whereas the home side registered no shots on target.

Barca woes continued after the match, as the first-team player Pedri suffered a quadriceps muscle injury in his left thigh. "The player is unavailable for selection and his recovery will dictate his return," FC Barcelona stated.

Pedri was in the starting XI against Bayern Munich and played all 90 minutes. In total this season the midfielder has made two appearances in the league - the 4-2 win over Real Sociedad at Camp Nou and the 1-1 draw away at Athletic Club in San Mames.

Meanwhile, veteran Jordi Alba suffered a hamstring injury in his right thigh. The left-back had to be replaced in the 74th minute of the game against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou, making way for Alejandro Balde to make his official debut for the first team.

With the 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou, Barca lost the opening fixture of a Champions League group stage for the first time since 1997. It's a result that will put a dent in Barca's chances in Group E. The Spanish team will now continue their European journey on September 29 with a visit to Benfica in Lisbon. (ANI)

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