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Barcelona suffer a FIFTH potential injury setback

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The international break has taken a hard hit on Barca with five players facing potential spells on the sidelines.

Hector Bellerin has become the fifth Barcelona player to suffer an injury setback during the international break.

In a statement on Tuesday, Barca said Bellerin is suffering from discomfort in his left leg. The club will run tests on Wednesday to determine the full extent of the injury and the best course of action.

The former Arsenal and Real Betis full-back, therefore, is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Mallorca in LaLiga.

Who else is injured for Barcelona?

Bellerin’s potential setback means Xavi Hernandez’s side could be without five first-team players for this weekend.

 Ronald Araujo is out for around 2-3 months after suffering a tendon injury on international duty for Uruguay. The defender will undergo surgery in Finland on Wednesday.

Jules Kounde is also out, leaving Barcelona short of cover in central defense. The €50 million summer signing sustained a hamstring problem with France last week. He could be out until mid-October.

Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are also injured, but it’s not certain yet how long they’ll be sidelined.

The duo sustained injuries during the Netherlands’ 2-0 Nations League win over Poland last weekend. De Jong came off at half-time, while Depay hobbled off afterward. Both players were absent during the 1-0 win against Belgium on Sunday. They returned to Barcelona instead.

On Monday, the club confirmed De Jong and Depay remain injured and won’t be available to face Mallorca.

Reports in the Spanish press suggest De Jong could return within a week, while Depay may need a month to shake off a left thigh injury.