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Alba to miss clash with France

Jordi Alba (R) of Spain tries to beat Kari Arkivuo
Spain defender Jordi Alba (R) in action against Kari Arkivuo of Finland.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP)

Barcelona says defender Jordi Alba will be sidelined at least a week with a leg injury, ruling him out of Spain's World Cup qualifier against France on Tuesday.

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The left back is also doubtful for the first leg of Barcelona's Champions League quarterfinal at Paris Saint-Germain on April 2.

Alba injured a muscle in his right leg during Spain's 1-1 tie with Finland on Friday. The former Valencia player played in 35 games for Barcelona since joining the club during the offseason.

He was a regular for Spain last summer when the world champions won their second straight European championship.

Spain trails France by two points in Group I. The game in Paris could go a long way in determining which team wins the group and the automatic berth for the 2014 World Cup.

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