Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has promised his glittering profession will not be minimize brief by the thigh damage that has left him going through 4 months on the sidelines. The World Cup-winning Spanish midfielder, 36, stated he deliberate to be again for his Japanese membership Vissel Kobe subsequent season after present process surgical procedure in Barcelona on a ruptured tendon.


Iniesta suffered the damage within the knockout levels of the Asian Champions League, the place he helped Vissel attain the semi-finals earlier than they have been knocked out on Sunday.

“The surgical procedure has been a hit and I’m feeling very nicely,” Iniesta stated in a press release posted on Twitter, with a photograph of himself giving the thumbs-up from his hospital mattress.

“My goal is to get again on observe as quickly as potential and revel in what I like doing probably the most.

“All my vitality is already put into the restoration and the work that lies forward.”

The Spanish maestro was injured and substituted throughout Vissel’s round-of-16 victory over China’s Shanghai SIPG in Doha, a match wherein he scored.

He made a telling cameo look within the quarter-final in opposition to South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings, approaching as a 113th-minute substitute and scoring Vissel’s first penalty in a 7-6 shoot-out victory.

Iniesta clutched his thigh and grimaced instantly after slotting his kick previous Suwon goalkeeper Yang Sang-min, and didn’t seem in Vissel’s 2-1 semi-final defeat by Ulsan Hyundai three days later.

Iniesta joined Vissel in 2018 after making 442 appearances for Barcelona, the place he was the midfield dynamo in a number of the membership’s biggest ever groups.

Barcelona wished Iniesta a speedy restoration in a Twitter publish on Wednesday, as did Spanish aspect Albacete, the place Iniesta started his youth profession.

Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star and winner of two Olympic silver medals with the Spanish nationwide group, additionally despatched a message of encouragement.


Vissel finish their 2020 season on Saturday with their last J-League sport in opposition to FC Tokyo. The 2021 J-League season begins with the curtain-raising Tremendous Cup on February 20. 

Iniesta was a key a part of the Barcelona aspect that received trebles in 2009 and 2015. He received 9 La Liga crowns and 4 European Champions League titles, and scored the winner within the 2010 World Cup last in South Africa to offer Spain its first ever title.

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