Injuries piling up for Barcelona coach Guardiola
After zero activity in the January market, the injuries are piling up for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. Dmytro Chygrynskiy has become the latest player to be ruled out of the weekend trip to Atletico Madrid.
Chygrynskiy has an injury in his left biceps which will sideline the centre-back for at least a week.
It is a big blow to Guardiola who already has a decimated defence and will be without Eric Abidal, Gerard Pique, Rafael Marquez, Dani Alves and Yaya Toure for the visit to the Vicente Calderon.
Pique and Marquez will be suspended following their red cards against Getafe, while Alves is facing a three-week lay-off with a calf injury.
Midfielder Toure, who played in defence following Pique's early dismissal, limped off with a leg injury and is likely to be sidelined for 10-15 days and Abidal was yesterday ruled out for up to two months after suffering an injury in training.
Guardiola now has just three first-team defenders available to him in Carles Puyol, Gabriel Milito and Maxwell.