Despite suffering knee ligament damage during the win over Valencia at the weekend, Barcelona and Spanish superstarAndres Iniesta is already considering his return, reportedlyjust in time for El Clasico on December 3.
The midfielder was stretchered off after only 14 minutes into the 3-2 win, following a crunching tackle fromValencia skipper Enzo Perez.
Iniesta was flying this season, performing at a surreal level, partly bcz of the fitness plan set for him. But football is sometimes cruel
After having scans on the knee, it wasrevealedthatThe 32-year-old hadsuffered knee ligament damage, which usually keeps a player out of action for up to 8 weeks.
This means that he will miss the important Champions League clash with Manchester City, after playing an vitalrole in the Spanish giants 4-0 win in the previous match.
He was also set to miss the first El Clasico of the season, but perhaps things are looking up.
It looks more or less that this Barca team don't need Iniesta but he will be hugely missed. 6-8 weeks is huge.
TheEl Clasicois alittle over 6 weeks away, meaning that he will need to makea speedy recovery in order to feature.
If he WERE to miss the match, it will be the first time since 2011 that the Spaniard hasn't played in the mouthwatering clash with bitter rivals Real Madrid.
There's no doubt the current La Liga champions will hope to have their influential player back just in time, regardless of having such a strong team anyway.
As well as potentially missing the clash with Real Madrid, he will also miss matches for the Spanish national side, including a friendly against England in November.
I think it's certain Iniesta will miss El Clasico. Anyway, now we have great group of mids to cover his position.
In more positive news, the Spanishmaestro has been named as part of the 2016 Ballon d'Or shortlist, alongside teammatesLuis Suarez,Neymar and Lionel Messi.