Robert Lewandowski to miss Barcelona derby and Atletico Madrid clash as Pole receives three-game ban

Barcelona will be without Robert Lewandowski until late-January after the Pole was handed a three-match ban for his recent red card against Osasuna.

The Polish international is currently with his national side as he prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Poland will take on Mexico and Saudi Arabia before setting their sights on Argentina.

The final group match could see a potential clash of the titans, should both Lewandowski and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi take to the field.

However, once Lewandowski returns from Qatar, the Pole is set for a prolonged rest period after being handed a lengthy ban by the Spanish authorities.

The 34-year-old was shown two yellow cards in Barca's final La Liga game before the World Cup break.

As Lewandowski left the field, he appeared to make a disrespectful gesture towards the match official.

In the referee's report, the incident was noted, though the Pole himself has since pleaded his innocence.

Lewandowski was set for a one-game ban due to the sending off, but he will now miss games against Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis as a result of this suspension.

Barcelona are currently top of the league and sit two points ahead of Real Madrid.

Xavi Hernandez's side have won 12 of their 14 La Liga games this season and boast a strong defensive record having only conceded five goals.

However, for all their domestic successes, Barca have struggled in Europe. After finishing third in their Champions League group, the club have been demoted to the Europa League.

The Catalan giants will take on Manchester United in the knockout stages of the competition in February.

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