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.
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.