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Barcelona captain Iniesta ruled out for two months

Iniesta is likely to be out for around two months. Credit: PA

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is set to be sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury, the Spanish champions have announced.

Iniesta was carried off on a stretcher just 14 minutes into Saturday's La Liga victory over Valencia at the Mestalla after being injured by an Enzo Perez tackle.

Barca coach Luis Enrique said in his post-match press conference that Iniesta was likely to be out for a "long time", and it was subsequently confirmed that the 32-year-old midfielder may not play again until next year.

A Barca statement read: "Andres Iniesta has injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. After an initial diagnosis at the Mestalla stadium, the tests taken in Barcelona have revealed the extent of the injury. The midfielder is expected to be out for between six and eight weeks."


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