Barcelona defender Douglas is set to be sidelined for around eight weeks with a foot injury.
Douglas, 25, suffered a fractured scaphoid in his right foot during Barca's goalless draw away to Villanovense in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, the club announced on Thursday.
[INJURY UPDATE] Douglas has fractured the scaphoid tarsal in his right foot. He is expected to be out for 8 weeks. pic.twitter.com/O5Nbn2xseq- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 29, 2015
The Brazilian played the full 90 minutes...
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declared himself happy with his players despite watching them play out a goalless draw with Segunda B side Villanovense.
Barca began their defence of the Copa del Rey crown with a drab draw in the first leg of this last-32 tie, but given that Luis Enrique had made a string of changes to field a young side, the coach had few complaints.
"I am happy with the team's performance," he said. "For a player it is not easy to play a game when you normally do not have too many...
VILLANUEVA DE LA SERENA, Spain -- Barcelona were held to a scoreless draw by third-tier Villanovense on Wednesday in a disappointing start to the Copa del Rey for the defending champion.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique rested regular starters and instead played reserves.
The return cup match is Dec. 2 at Camp Nou.
Barcelona struggled to create many opportunities and it was Villanovense which came closest to opening the score when defender Javi Sanchez struck the crossbar with a close-range shot off...
When it comes to history and stature, FC Barcelona and CF Villanovense are worlds apart. Almost a century passed between the founding of Barca and their opponents in the Copa del Rey this week, with the minnows only coming into existence in their current form in 1992.
The Romero Cuerda ground at which the first leg of their cup clash will take place, meanwhile, holds a mere 2400 people -- a drop in the ocean compared to the 93,000 plus capacity of the Camp Nou.
Perhaps the biggest gulf, however,...