File picture: J-League membership staff Vissel Kobe’s new signing, Spanish participant Andres Iniesta (L), controls the ball throughout a soccer match in opposition to Shonan Bellmare at Noevir Stadium in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on July 22, 2018. JIJI PRESS / AFP
Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta shall be sidelined for 4 months after breaking a leg bone whereas taking part in for Vissel Kobe within the closing phases of the Asian Champions League.
Iniesta, 36, underwent “successful” surgical procedure in Barcelona, his membership stated, and restoration time was anticipated to be 4 months.
The damage occurred in final week’s quarter-final in opposition to Suwon Bluewings in Qatar which went to a penalty shootout earlier than the Japanese aspect progressed.
Iniesta was absent when Vissel misplaced 2-1 to a different South Korean aspect, Ulsan Hyundai Motors, within the semi-final on Sunday.
Iniesta stated in an announcement on Instagram accompanied by a photograph of himself in a hospital mattress that he had damaged the “rectus femoris of my right leg”.
“After many tests I took the advice of my medical team and we have considered that the best option for me was to get surgery and speed up the recovery.
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“The surgery has been a success and I am feeling very well.”
Iniesta joined Kobe in 2018 after making 442 appearances for Barcelona, the place he was the midfield dynamo in a few of the membership’s best ever groups.
Iniesta was a key a part of the Barcelona sides that received trebles in 2009 and 2015. In all he received 9 La Liga crowns and 4 European Champions League titles and orchestrated Spain’s 2010 World Cup triumph in South Africa.