LaLiga: Barcelona's Semedo facing five weeks out with hamstring injury

Nelson Semedo will miss key games against Atletico Madrid and Chelsea after Barcelona confirmed he has a damaged a muscle.

Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old pulled up when chasing back during the second half of his side's 6-1 LaLiga thrashing of Girona at Camp Nou.

Tests have revealed Semedo sustained muscle damage and Barca expect him to be out of action until April.

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"The club's medical services department has confirmed that first-team player Nelson Semedo has suffered an injury to his left hamstring," a club statement confirmed.

"Further testing carried out has indicated that he will be out for approximately five weeks."

Semedo is set to miss a busy run of games which includes a league game against second-place Atletico Madrid and the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Chelsea.

He is also likely to sit out Portugal's friendly matches with Egypt and Netherlands next month.