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Calf injury rules Iniesta out of Sporting Lisbon game

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Calf injury rules Iniesta out of Sporting Lisbon game

Calf injury rules Iniesta out of Sporting Lisbon game

ALBERT GEA

REUTERS

The Barça midfielder asked to be replaced in the second half of Barcelona's 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo, but could make a return to face Villarreal next weekend.

Andres Iniesta will miss Tuesday's Champions League game with Sporting Lisbon (20:45 CET), the Catalan club confirmed on Sunday.

One game out

Barcelona released a statement confirming that the man from La Mancha had picked up a calf strain after he asked to be replaced in the second-half of Barca's 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Nevertheless, he could return as early as next weekend for Los Culés visit to Villarreal (Sunday, 20:45 CET).  

Rotations and injuries

Iniesta is unlikely to be the only permanent fixture in Barça's starting line-up not to feature on Tuesday, with Ernesto Valverde set to rest a number of key players after his side are already guaranteed top spot in Group D with a game to spare. However, the coming games may not be headache-free given that injury problems are mounting for the Barça coach, with influential centre-back Samuel Umtiti ruled out for two months after tearing his hamstring on Saturday.

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