BARCELONA: ANDRES INIESTA SUFFERS A HAMSTRING INJURY

Andres Iniesta has suffered a hamstring injury in his right leg that forced him off in the first half of Barcs's 1-0 win over Atletico at Camp Nou, Barcelona confirmed through an official statement. The midfielder first felt the problem after 20 minutes and despite continuing out on the field, he was finally replaced by André Gomes on 34 minutes. Medical tests carried out at the end of the game have confirmed the injury and his recovery will determine when he returns to action. Barcelona have the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Andre Gomes, Paulinho and Denis Suarez available to fill the void but Valverde admitted that losing Iniesta for the coming games would be a major blow for his side. Barcelona failed to set an exact time frame on Iniesta's recovery, but reports said that the 33-year-old midfielder could eventually be sidelined for between three and four weeks. If this report proves to be accurate, Iniesta would certainly miss the decisive second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea on Wednesday 14 March, with Barcelona looking to capitalise on that initial 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and book their place in the quarter-finals.

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