The Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has been ruled out for the next few weeks after suffering a thigh injury in the recent match against Real Betis. After struggling to assert himself under the new management of Tito Vilanova early in the campaign, Cesc Fabregas has become one of the important players for the team in the last few weeks. This will be a major injury blow to Vilanova, who will now be looking to replace him with the fit again David Villa. Fabregas was on the pitch for just 9 min and suffered an injury, which meant that he had to be replaced by the Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez.

The club have now confirmed on their website that the midfielder is now facing a lengthy spell on the injury table, which means that you will not be available for return before the start of the New Year. However, it was not all bad news for Barcelona from this match because they managed a 2-1 victory over the team that achieved a win over Real Madrid only a few weeks ago. Lionel Messi scored both goals in this victory, which helped him get past the record set by the German striker Gerd Mueller for the most number of goals in a calendar year. Messi now has 86 goals in 2012.

“FC Barcelona’s medical services have confirmed that Cesc Fabregas has torn the bicep femoris in his left thigh. He’ll be sidelined for three to four weeks. Therefore, he’ll miss the team’s last three games in 2012 – the two Liga matches against Atletico Madrid and Valladolid and the away leg of the Copa del Rey against Cordoba. He could also miss the first games of 2013, against Espanyol and the return leg of the cup at the Camp Nou,” said a Barcelona statement.