Iniesta out for six to eight weeks

Barcelona’s injury crisis took a turn for the worse on Saturday when it was confirmed midfielder Andres Iniesta will be out for up to eight weeks after he injured knee ligaments in his side’s 3-2 win over Valencia.

The Barca skipper was carried off the pitch after being injured by an Enzo Perez tackle on 14 minutes.

Iniesta has damaged the lateral collateral ligament of his right knee and will need around tw months for it to heal, the club confirmed after medical tests.

The influential midfielder joins defenders Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba on the sidelines, while Arda Turan and Rafinha sustained injuries in training that forced them out of the Valencia tie.

Commenting on the injury, coach Luis Enrique said “The worst thing [about the match] was the injury to Andres.

"We saw it clearly, because of how close we were, and we saw immediately that the player was injured and there was no yellow card.

“We'll see how long he's out for tomorrow, but yes, it will be a while. It's a serious injury."

Barcelona face Granada next in La Liga before a November 1 trip to Manchester City in the Champions League.

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