Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta limped off during Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Saturday but the Catalans quickly released a statement assuring fans that the 33-year-old would not be out of action for long.
“Tests carried out show that the player Andrés Iniesta has a hamstring strain in his left leg and he is expected to be out for about around 10 days” Barcelona stated.
The game, which had been delayed after massive protests in the region following a pro-independence referendum, eventually kicked-off behind closed doors after the La Liga threatened Barcelona of a six-point deduction.
Three second-half goals (two from Lionel Messi and one from Sergio Busquets) saw La Blaugrana coast to their seventh straight league win and restore their five-point lead at the top of the league table in the process.
Iniesta pulled up late in the game and was replaced by Andre Gomes with Barcelona three goals to the good but with a busy October ahead of the Catalans, the midfielder’s injury sparked fears he would be missing for a period of months.
Those fears turned out to be unfounded as with the international break commencing, Iniesta has a fighting chance of featuring in Barcelona’s next game, an away fixture with Atletico Madrid on October 14.
The veteran, however, has effectively been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania (October 7) and Israel (October 10).
Iniesta joins Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata (hamstring) and Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal (heart infection) as the La Roja players sidelined with injuries.