Nobody is ruling Andres Iniesta out. The captain seems set to miss the Chelsea Champions League match on March 14, nine days away, but he will do everything possible to get back in time.
Iniesta suffered the hamstring injury in the first half against Atletico Madrid. He was playing very well but felt something, touching his thigh, and although he struggled on for 10 minutes more, he eventually went off for Andre Gomes after 34 mins.
Iniesta knows himself better than anyone. That's why he continued, which Valverde and Co took as a good signal afterwards. Later a club medical report came out but without an estimated recovery time.
AGAINST THE CLOCK
Iniesta is supposed to be out for three weeks but the player, knowing the importance of the game and his own importance in the team, will try to do all he can to get back in time - but will need a miracle.
The reality is that the replacement for Iniesta, Philippe Coutinho, cannot play as he is cup-tied. The medical team will do everything they can to help Iniesta and in the end the player will have the final say. On some occasions previous he has played with an injury, but ultimately it will not be until the time comes that the 33-year-old will know. He is aware that important games will come after Chelsea including the Copa del Rey final and the Russia World Cup.