Barcelona have confirmed that the Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has been sidelined for four months after undergoing successful surgery on a hamstring injury, the Liga club announced on their Twitter handle.
Xavi, 34, whose current deal is set to expire in 2016, has scored four goals in 47 appearances for the club last term. The Spaniard has already admitted his desperation for the Red Devils new boss Louis van Gaal, and could make a move to the Old Trafford ahead of next season.
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has returned to full-time football training session with his fellow players, since suffering from a thigh injury two weeks ago.
The World Player of the Year, was picked-up an injury in the 2-0 win over Almeria on September 29.