FC Barcelona fear that Andrés Iniesta will be out for a minimum of six weeks after the midfielder suffered a rupture in his right thigh during the 1-1 draw against FC Basel 1893 that took the club through to the knockout phase.
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The 24-year-old signalled to the bench that he was unfit to continue in the 67th minute and was replaced by Samuel Eto'o. Coach Josep Guardiola, whose team qualified from Group C with the result, said: "This is bad for everyone here. Andrés is a very important player for us. We know injuries are part of the game so let's hope we can get him back to fitness soon." Iniesta will undergo further tests this week but is likely to miss Barça's remaining pool matches against fellow qualifiers Sporting Clube de Portugal (26 November) and FC Shakhtar Donetsk (9 December).