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Iniesta sidelined by calf strain

December 3, 2017 3:25 PM
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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta in action with Sporting’s Gelson Martins during their Champions League match in Lisbon September 27, 2017. — Reuters picBARCELONA, Dec 3 — Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Sporting Lisbon, the Catalan giants confirmed today.

Iniesta asked to be replaced early in the second-half of Barca’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo yesterday, but he could return as early as next weekend for a testing La Liga visit to Villarreal.

“Tests have confirmed that Andres Iniesta has a strain in the calf of his left leg. The player will be out for the next game,” Barcelona said in a statement.

Iniesta is unlikely to be the only Barca star left out for the visit of the Portuguese side with Ernesto Valverde’s men already guaranteed top spot in Group D with a game to spare.


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