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04.11.2008 22:59

Iniesta possibly out for 6 weeks


In the game against Basel at the Camp Nou, Andrés Iniesta suffered a thigh strain, and although further tests will be required on Wednesday, it looks like he could be out for as many as six weeks.

In the 67th minute of the game between Barça and Basel, Andrés Iniesta called to be taken off after injuring his right leg in an off-the-ball incident. Initial medical examinations suggest the player has strained the intramuscular septum of the anterior rectus in his thigh.

More tests on Wednesday

fcb-basilea_x15x.jpgThis Wednesday the club’s Medical Services will be examining the injury in more detail, but early reports suggest that an injury of this nature would see the player sidelined for something in the region of six weeks.

That means the Barça midfielder is set to miss the forthcoming league games with Valladolid, Recreativo, Getafe, Sevilla, Valencia, Real Madrid and possibly the game with Villarreal too.

Neither will he be involved in the Copa del Rey clash with Benidorm , or the last two Champions League encounters against Sporting Lisbon and Shakhtar. So in total, he could miss as many as ten games.

Problems for Piqué

Gerard Piqué also hit on an injury in the final throes of Tuesday night’s match. The defender ended the game with a haematoma and thigh strain in his right leg, and will also need to take further tests on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Hleb and Sergio were the players selected for UEFA’s random drugs test.
Iniesta possibly out for 6 weeks
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