Iniesta faces 8 weeks off

IniestaAndres Iniesta was taken off on a stretcher during Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Valencia and will now miss the visit to Manchester in nine days time to face Pep Guardiola’s City at the Etihad.

The club confirmed damage to external ligaments on his right knee and the player will have further tests to ascertain the full extent of the injury.

There are fears he could be ruled for the remainder of Champions League group stage if the worst-case scenario is confirmed and the player has to sit out the next eight weeks of action.

Iniesta’s injury came after 14 minutes of the first half from Enzo Perez’ challenge. His standing right leg didn’t bend as Perez flew in and the Barcelona captain went down clutching his right knee and calling immediately for treatment from the sidelines.

Luis Enrique was furious with the challenge and the delay in a stretcher being brought on to carry Iniesta off the pitch. Perez was not booked for the tackle.

The injury further weakens Barcelona ahead of their remaining Champions League fixtures.

 

- DailyMail

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