Barcelona has revealed that new signing Thomas Vermaelen has been sidelined indefinitely with a right hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old passed a vigorous medical on Saturday before signing a five year contract with the Camp Nou outfit. However, the club has now revealed that the Belgian international picked up an injury whilst on duty in the World Cup back in June, where he made two appearances en-route to a quarter-finals berth.
And the club has now confirmed that Vermaelen’s debut will be put on hold as he undergoes a recovery process.
“New signing Thomas Vermaelen injured his right hamstring while playing at the World Cup in June. His presence in training sessions will depend on how his recovery progresses,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
Vermaelen joined Barcelona after spending five seasons at Arsenal, where he made 119 appearances and was awarded the captaincy.
Prior to his time at Arsenal, however, the defender was part of Ajax’s famed academy before making 99 League appearances for the first team.
It is believed Luis Enrique sees Vermaelen as an ideal replacement for the now retired Carles Puyol. However, many have questioned the motive behind the signing of a defender who has struggled with injury in recent seasons.
The Belgian forms a new look Blaugrana side after a summer of heavy spending, which has seen the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Marc Andre ter-Stegen join Luis Enrique’s team.