Barca suf­fer Ini­esta blow

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA — Barcelona‘s mid­field mae­stro An­dres Ini­esta ( pic­tured) will be out for two weeks af­ter sus­tain­ing a knee in­jury in Sun­day’s 2-0 Span­ish Su­per Cup first leg win at Sevilla.

The Barca cap­tain was forced off in the 36th minute fol­low­ing a late chal­lenge from Sevilla de­fender Mar­i­ano, barely 10 min­utes af­ter Jeremy Mathieu was sub­sti­tuted with a ham­string prob­lem.

Barca said in a state­ment on Mon­day that Ini­esta would be out for at least two weeks, missing Wed­nes­day’s Su­per Cup sec­ond leg plus the first two La Liga games of the sea­son at home to Real Betis on Satur­day and at Ath­letic Bil­bao the fol­low­ing week­end.

Mathieu is set for three weeks on the side­lines.

New sign­ing Lu­cas Digne, who made his de­but when he re­placed Mathieu on Sun­day, could be line for a first com­pet­i­tive start on Wed­nes­day af­ter join­ing from Paris St Ger­main.

De­nis Suarez is a pos­si­ble stand-in for Ini­esta in the sec­ond leg with Sevilla al­though coach Luis En­rique may also choose to opt for new sign­ing An­dre Gomes or Rafinha who missed most of last sea­son with a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

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