Barcelona offer positive Iniesta update following Umtiti blow

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The Liga giants have revealed that a problem which forced their captain off against Celta Vigo is only set to keep him sidelined for one game

Barcelona have revealed that Andres Iniesta will only be forced to sit out one game with a calf complaint.

The World Cup winning-midfielder was forced off 53 minutes into a La Liga clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday.

He was replaced by Denis Suarez, with it clear that the 33-year-old would be unable to see the game out.

There were fears that he could be joining Samuel Umtiti on the long-term injury list, but Barca have moved to ease those concerns and ruled their skipper out of only one clash.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Medical tests carried out have confirmed that FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has muscle fatigue in his left calf and will miss Barca’s next game.”

Ernesto Valverde’s side are due to face Portuguese side Sporting in Champions League competition on Tuesday.

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Iniesta will play no part in that contest, but could come back into contention for a meeting with Villarreal next weekend.

Barca will hope to have his vast experience at their disposal, having already seen France international defender Umtiti ruled out of their plans for the foreseeable future.

The 24-year-old also picked up a knock against Celta - a game Barca drew 2-2 - with a hamstring problem set to keep him out for up to eight weeks.

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