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Barcelona: When will Christensen return from injury?

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A calf injury has forced the Danish defender to return to Barcelona in the middle of the international break.

Barcelona defender Andreas Christensen will reportedly stay out of action for three weeks after suffering a calf injury.

Since joining the Catalans as a free agent last summer, Christensen has become a key player in Barca’s backline. The Danish defender started for Barca in their 2-1 victory in El Clasico just before the international break.

However, a calf injury saw him limp off the pitch in the 18th minute of Denmark’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Denmark on Thursday.

Christensen immediately returned to Barcelona for further tests. The club published a statement on the 26-year-old’s fitness on Saturday.

“Tests carried out on Saturday on the first team player Andreas Christensen have shown that he has an injury to his left calf,” the statement reads.

“He is unavailable for selection and his recovery will determine his return.”

According to Mundo Deportivo, Christensen will stay out of action for “at least three weeks”. Barca are reportedly frustrated with Denmark for forcing the defender to play despite his discomfort.

Christensen’s injury is a massive blow to Barca’s squad ahead of their upcoming Copa del Rey clash against Real Madrid. The Catalans have won all three of their El Clasico clashes with Christensen in their backline.

Xavi Hernandez’s men will face Elche in their first La Liga match after the international break.