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Europa League round of 16 draw

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By ESPN Staff

Ronaldinho to miss Barca opener at Celta

MADRID, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Ronaldinho will miss Barcelona's opening game of the Primera Liga season at Celta Vigo on Monday because of an injury picked up during his side's 3-0 European Super Cup defeat by Sevilla on Friday.

The 26-year-old Brazilian World Player of the Year bruised his left thigh.

'Ronaldinho suffered a blow and he has to be given time to recover,' Barca coach Frank Rijkaard told a news conference on Sunday.

The Spanish and European champions will also be without Dutch midfielder Mark van Bommel, who has agreed a move to German champions Bayern Munich.

'Van Bommel has got a winning mentality and he wanted to find a team where he would have more of a chance to play,' said Rijkaard.

'The two of us had a frank discussion and we decided that it was best if he looked for another team. I wish him the best of luck.'

Brazilian defenders Juliano Belletti and Silvinho were also left out of the squad to make way for new signings Gianluca Zambrotta and Lilian Thuram.