Abidal, Thiago return to Barca with injuries

France defender Eric Abidal and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara returned from international duty with injuries and will be sidelined for upcoming matches, Barcelona announced Thursday.

Abidal suffered a groin injury in France's 2-1 friendly victory at Germany and will be sidelined 10 days. Thiago suffered a right leg injury in training with Spain and will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.

Both will miss Saturday's La Liga game against Sporting Gijon, Barca, which is also without Lionel Messi due to yellow card accumulation, is 10 points behind leader Real Madrid in the standings.