Barcelona goalkeeper Cillessen out for six weeks

La Liga leader Barcelona has confirmed Netherlands international Jasper Cillessen has suffered a calf injury.

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has not featured in La Liga this season but has been deputising for Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Copa del Rey.   -  Getty Images

Jasper Cillessen has been ruled out for six weeks by a calf injury, Barcelona confirmed on Friday.

Cillessen sustained a torn calf muscle during training and will be out of action for their busy February schedule, which sees Barca play seven games.

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Cillessen has not featured in La Liga this season but has been deputising for Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Copa del Rey.

The Netherlands international has made six appearances in the competition and saved a penalty in Wednesday's 6-1 win against Sevilla.

But Cillessen will not get the chance to face Barca's rival Real Madrid in the Copa semifinals, as he will not return to action until March.

As a result of Cillessen's injury, Inaki Pena – named on the bench once previously in La Liga – has been included in Barca's squad for Saturday's visit of Valencia.

Ousmane Dembele is still out for Ernesto Valverde's side, with the France forward also a doubt for Wednesday's first leg of the Clasico Copa semifinal due to his hamstring injury.

Dembele's international team-mate Samuel Umtiti also remains sidelined.