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Barca takes a big hit – Arthur expected to miss El Clasico

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Arthur Melo is one of Barcelona’s most consistent performers this season, although he was consistently facing some issues off the pitch.

Those off-the-pitch issues have come back to haunt Arthur now.

According to some reports from Spain, the midfielder suffered an STD infection recently.

This means that his treatment has to be serious. Taking the medicine for this disease usually pops up as doping on tests after the match.

So, to avoid a lengthy ban, Barca decided to sideline the Brazilian until the drugs leave his blood completely.

This results in missing the big clash versus Real Madrid next Wednesday.

Barca are in great form, even without Arthur. Real Madrid will miss Eden Hazard, so this should even things out for Blaugrana.