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Barcelona loans defender Andreu Fontas to Mallorca

Associated Press Published: October 15, 2012

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite its injury problems in defense, Barcelona has loaned center back Andreu Fontas to fellow Spanish club Mallorca for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

The 23-year-old Fontas was sidelined from January to August of this year after tearing a ligament in his right knee during a Copa del Rey match.

Barcelona is without center back Carles Puyol for two months with a dislocated elbow while left back Eric Abidal is recovering from a liver transplant.

Center back Gerard Pique is expected to return soon after hurting his left foot.

Barcelona leads the Spanish league level on points with Atletico Madrid after seven rounds.