Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to miss four weeks of action with a hamstring injury sustained against Super Eagles in an international friendly game in Krosnader.
The Argentina international Mascherano picked up the injury during 4-2 defeat to the hands of Nigeria in an international friendly on Tuesday’s friendly match.
According to Barcelona website confirmed on Wednesday claims that the 33-year-old underwent tests on his right leg on and the results confirmed he will be sidelined for around a month.
Former Liverpool and West Ham star Mascherano the matches that he will Leganes, Juventus, Valencia and Real Murcia, although he should be fit by the time El Clasico rolls around as Catalan visit the Santiago Bernabeu on December 23.
Mascherano played the full 90 minutes of Argentina’s clash with Nigeria and has made a total of 10 appearances across all competitions for Barca this season.
Barcelona holds a four-point lead over Valencia and eight adrift archrivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.