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29.12.2008 18:34

Iniesta gets green light

Anna Segura

Almost eight weeks after he got injured, Andrés Iniesta was today given the green light by club doctors to return to action.

It might have arrived a bit late but this Monday Andrés Iniesta received the best Christmas gift he could have hoped for; the green light from the club’s doctors to get back to playing football. The midfielder trained normally with his team-mates on the day that Guardiola’s men came back from their Christmas break.

Eight weeks

fcb-basilea_x13x.jpgAndrés Iniesta picked up a serious thigh strain during Barça’s Champions League clash with Basel on 4 November. Examination by club doctors concluded he would be sidelined for eight weeks.

No hurry

During that time Andrés Iniesta said he was in no hurry to get back as he didn’t want return to the fray too early and then get injured again. As a result his recovery has been measured yet progressive.

Back on the pitch 20 days later

29-12-08_WEB_INIESTA_Y_SYLVINHO_01.jpgThe first stage of his recovery focused entirely on treatment. Then twenty days after his injury Andrés Iniesta was back on the pitch to start the second stage.

Finally with the squad

In all this time one of the best days for Iniesta was 9 December, when he was able to get back to training with his team-mates who gave him a welcoming round of applause on his return. Since then the midfielder has gradually got back into daily training until today when he has completed his recovery.
Iniesta gets green light
Major loss but team goes on
In the eight weeks he has spent on the sidelines Andrés Iniesta has missed out on ten games. Even though he has been a major loss the team has worked round his absence and ended the year as League leaders and in the last 16 of the Champions League and the Spanish Cup.

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