BARCELONA

Calf injury rules Iniesta out of Sporting Lisbon game

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.

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Calf injury rules Iniesta out of Sporting Lisbon game
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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.