Barcelona will be without defender Eric Abidal and midfielder Thiago Alcantara for the Spanish league game against Sporting Gijon.

Abidal returned from his midweek friendly with France with a groin injury that Barcelona says will keep him sidelined for 10 days, while Thiago will be out for an undetermined length of time after hurting his right leg while playing for Spain.

Barcelona will also be without top scorer Lionel Messi for Saturday's game due to suspension after having collected five yellow cards.

Barcelona trails leader Real Madrid by 10 points.