Andres Iniesta Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Knee and Return

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Andres Iniesta Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Knee and Return
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Updates from Monday, Jan. 27

Andres Iniesta appears ready to return to the Barcelona first-team after he reported for training on Monday.

Barca's next league game is at home to Valencia on Saturday, and the club's official Twitter feed noted:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 21

Tom Conn of insidespanishfootball.com has the latest update on Andres Iniesta health:

Barcelona starters, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique will not make the trip to Valencia to face Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie as they continue to work with the club’s medical staff to recover from injury.

Iniesta continues to recover from a deep knee bruise suffered two weeks ago against Atletico Madrid and trained in the gym on Tuesday, with manager, Tata Martino not wanting to risk re-aggrevating the knee injury, while Pique trained lightly to the side.

 

Updates from Sunday, Jan. 12

FCBarcelona.com confirm Andres Iniesta avoided a major knee injury during the team's draw with Atletico Madrid:

Andrés Iniesta, who was taken off at half time on Saturday, has a badly bruised left knee, but no other complications. Tests carried out this morning confirmed that the player's recovery time will determine his availability for future games.

Iniesta was taken off as a precaution at half time against Atletico Madrid after the knock he picked up and was substituted by Leo Messi.

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Points may not have been the only thing Barcelona lost in the 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Jan. 11. The Catalan club announced that midfielder Andres Iniesta suffered a slight knock that forced him to be subbed off for Lionel Messi at halftime.

Per Barca's website:

Andrés Iniesta didn’t participate in the second half against Atlético Madrid due to a knock he picked up to his right knee. The player, who was attended to on 22 minutes by Barça’s medical team, was subbed out as a precaution for Leo Messi.

The midfielder will undergo additional tests on Sunday to determine the extent of his injury.

With the addition of Neymar during the summer, the emergence of Cesc Fabregas and the tactical style of Gerardo Martino, Iniesta has seen his stats decrease significantly in the 2013/14 season. In 19 La Liga appearances, the 29-year-old has one goal and two assists, per ESPN FC.

Despite that drop in production, Iniesta remains a key figure at Barcelona. He's one of the biggest leaders on the pitch, and the club isn't blessed with a ton of depth, so it's important to keep a player of Iniesta's ability healthy.

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