Barcelona were hoping Jordi Alba’s injury would not be that serious to some level after he was forced off in the first half of Spain’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Italy, he was immediately replaced by Riccardo Montolivo.

The 24-time Spanish La Liga winner later announced that the left-back Jordi Alba will be sidelined for 10 days due to a thigh injury, which means he is expected be ready for the crunch clash with England Side, Manchester City.

The 27-year old was medically attended to before limping off the pitch in the 22nd minute of Thursday’s 1-1 draw in Turin to be replaced by Real Madrid stopper, Nacho.

The Barcelona defender, Alba, was the subject of medical tests on Friday morning which confirmed a muscular injury on his left thigh, which insinuates he will return home.
“The RFEF’s medical services have contacted FC Barcelona to inform them of the diagnostics,”a statement culled from Spain’s press release.

The Spain international was forced off the pitch in the first half of Spain’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Italy in Turin on Thursday after pulling up in an unpleasant physical discomfort.

The former Valencia full-back has gone through different medical tests which the outcome proved that the defender has sustained minor injury to his left thigh, which was said to keep him out of the clash forthcoming between Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna next Saturday in Spanish La Liga.

Jordi Alba is however expected to be fit enough for the UEFA Champions’ League group game-stage against Pep Guardiola’s men at Camp Nou the following Wednesday after league game.

“Medical tests have confirmed that Jordi Alba has an elongation of the femoral biceps in his left thigh,” a Barca statement said. “The approximate time out will be 10 days.”