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Iniesta edges closer to return

The Barça midfielder is expected to get the go-ahead to face Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday and is due to train with the rest of the azulgrana squad on Monday.

El capitán se lesionó ante el Atlético de Madrid hace una semana.

Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta is edging closer to making a return and will train with the rest of his team-mates on Monday. The signs look promising for Barça's midfield maestro and he is expected to get the go-ahead to face Chelsea on Wednesday in the return leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, although he is not expected to complete a full training session until Tuesday.  

Injury against Atlético

Iniesta limped off in Barcelona's 1-0 win against Atlético Madrid with a hamstring injury and was fully expected to watch Barcelona's second leg against the Premier League champions from the bench. However, since then Iniesta has repeatedly insisted that he is not ruling anything out. 

"Closer every day"

"Closer every day" was the message the Spain midfielder posted on his Twitter account on Saturday, along with a photo of him training with the Barcelona medical staff. Iniesta's presence and big-game experience will be a huge boost for Barcelona as they host Conte's side at the Camp Nou on Wednesday evening and look to seal their progress in the competition after a tight 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.   


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