Afellay out for five weeks

MADRID - Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has torn a muscle in his left thigh and will be out of action for up to five weeks, the European champions said on Sunday.

The Dutch international picked up the injury in Barca's 2-1 friendly defeat to Manchester United in Washington DC on Saturday, but will stay with the team as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

Afellay will miss the La Liga curtain-raiser against Real Madrid when the league champions take on King's Cup winners in the Spanish Super Cup on August 14 and 17.

The 2011/12 La Liga season kicks off on the weekend August 20-21.


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