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Barcelona prepare for away trip to Leganes

Barcelona prepare for away trip to Leganes

Pique's absence comes after Argentina international Javier Mascherano was ruled out for a month with a muscle injury, leaving coach Ernesto Valverde with only two defenders for the crucial trip to the Mestalla in Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen.

The result was harsh on Leganes, who created plenty of chances of their own as Barcelona again failed to find the fluency which typifies their best football.

Valverde told a press conference: "He's well, recovered".

La Liga leaders Barcelona will be short of options in defence for next Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Valencia after Gerard Pique was suspended for the game by picking up a fifth booking of the season against Leganes on Saturday.

The home side, meanwhile, made three changes following their 3-0 defeat against Valencia with Watford's on-loan forward Nordin Amrabat taking the place of Claudio Beauvue.

"What concerns us about Leganes is that they concede very few goals".

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Barcelona haven't lost in the league all season and have won 10 of their 11 games. They have enthusiasm and they transmit that to each other.

The France international has this week been closely linked with a move to the Nou Camp at the end of the season, but if there is a deal in the pipeline, Valverde was giving little away. In the future we'll see.

Although Leganes put up a spirited display, Ter Stegen, in the Barcelona goal, was rarely in trouble and the points were probably wrapped up when, on the hour mark, Luis Suarez scored his second goal of the game when his shot took a deflection to beat Cuellar.

"FC Barcelona have decided to appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez during Saturday's game", a statement on the club's official website said.

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