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Barca's Vermaelen has surgery, faces four months off

02 December 2014, 23:00

Madrid - Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen has undergone surgery on his troublesome right hamstring, the Catalan club announced on Tuesday.

Barca, in a statement, reported: "Thomas Vermaelen was operated on his right leg muscle with a satisfactory outcome.

"His recovery time will be around four months."

The former Arsenal captain moved to Spain in a reported 19 million-euro (15m, $23.7m) deal in August.

Also read: Kompany out of Man City's Sunderland trip

The 29-year-old Belgian international's only appearance so far since his high profile move was in a friendly game for Barcelona's reserves in September.

He is now set to make his long-awaited official debut for his new club in April.

Vermaelen suffered a series of fitness setbacks during his five-year Arsenal career where he missed virtually the whole of the 2010-11 campaign.

He featured in the Belgium squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil although injury ruled him out of the 1-0 loss to Argentina in the last eight.



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