Barcelona defender Umtiti out 3 weeks because of injury

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) " France defender Samuel Umtiti will be sidelined for about three weeks because of a muscle injury.

Barcelona says tests on Thursday showed a muscle rupture in his left thigh.

The injury happened in one of Umtiti's practices with France ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday.

The newly signed central defender has played 10 matches since arriving at Barcelona this season, playing 90 minutes every time but once.

The team won nine of the 10 games in which Umtiti started.

Barcelona's next game is on Nov. 19 at Malaga in the Spanish league. The Catalan club trails leader Real Madrid by two points after 11 matches.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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