Alves out with thigh injury

BARCELONA - Barcelona defender Daniel Alves will be sidelined for around three weeks after he damaged his right thigh muscle in Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League defeat by Rubin Kazan.

The pacy Brazil right back pulled up in the final minute of the match and was replaced by Sergio Busquets and Barca said on their website he could miss six matches - three in la Liga, two in the King's Cup and the return match in Kazan on November 4.

"It's a very serious piece of news," coach Pep Guardiola said at a news conference. "He's a player we thought was indestructible but the human body always has a limit."

Guardiola is likely to switch captain Carles Puyol across from central defence as cover.