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

Tom SunderlandFeatured Columnist

Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2015 at the CampNou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta sat out of the side's visit to Villarreal on March 20 with a muscle complaint and subsequently stayed at home during Spain's international break. He is now ready for competitive action.

Continue for updates.

Iniesta Returns for Clasico

Saturday, April 2

Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique named the Spanish midfielder in his starting team for the visit of Los Blancos.

Iniesta Missed Villarreal Clash

Saturday, March 19

Iniesta failed to make the trip to El Madrigal with "muscle problems," per Sport.

Barca Still Reliant on Iniesta

Club captain Iniesta has been an ever-present figure for the Blaugrana this season and has started in 30 of his 33 appearances. He remains a key leader for the team.

The Spain talisman has allowed for the likes of Ivan Rakitic and, more recently, Arda Turan to take prominence in Barcelona's midfield, while the return to fitness of Rafinha could be a timely comeback toward the end of the season.

However, Iniesta is often favoured during important matches, in which he is still capable of dictating the flow of play.