Injured Abidal out for three weeks

MADRID - Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will be out for around three weeks after damaging his left thigh muscle in France's 1-0 World Cup play-off first leg win over Ireland on Saturday, the La Liga champions said.

A scan had confirmed the diagnosis of the French Football Federation's (FFF) doctors, Barca said on their website on Monday, and the left back will miss Wednesday's return leg against Ireland in Paris.

Barca's medical staff will try to get him fit for the La Liga showdown against Real Madrid on November 29, the club added.