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Iniesta's ligament injury could rule him out until 2017

The Barcelona midfielder was taken off on a stretcher and in obvious pain after a late tackle from Enzo Pérez on 13 minutes.

Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta gestures on a stretcher after being injured during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF vs FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN

Andrés Iniesta faces a spell on the sidelines until after new year, according to Catalunya Radio, as he suffered damage to ligaments in his right knee in the 2-3 win over Valencia at Mestalla.

The Barcelona midfielder had to be taken off on a stretcher and was in obvious pain after a reckless tackle from Enzo Pérez on 13 minutes. Ivan Rakitic came on to replace him.

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Knee ligament damage

The club released a medical report shortly after Iniesta had been examined in Valencia to confirm that the player has suffered a partial injury to the lateral external ligament and kneecap.

He will undergo further tests to determine the exact nature of the injury and the amount of time he faces out once he gets back to Barcelona


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