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Henry and Iniesta doubtful for Champions League Final

Thierry Henry and Andrés Iniesta face a fitness race ahead of FC Barcelona’s UEFA final against in Rome on 27 May. The French striker struggling with a knee ligament injury and the Spanish midfielder suffering a torn thigh muscle.

The Catalan club’s medical team diagnosed a stretching of Henry’s posterior ligament in his right knee, an injury sustained during the 6-2 Liga win at on 2 May. The 31-year-old was ruled out of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final against at Stamford Bridge as a result, a match from which Barça advanced with a 1-1 draw thanks to Iniesta’s goal three minutes into added time, and the 3-3 Liga draw with .

Henry will be definitely miss the upcoming league matches against Mallorca and Osasuna plus the final against Athletic Club Bilbao on Wednesday. According to the club’s medical team, the player will “continue specific treatment” with the aim of appearing in the Rome showpiece. Henry has scored 19 goals in 29 league games this season, as well as striking five times in nine matches in Europe’s premier club competition.

Iniesta finished the Villarreal encounter feeling pain and, after an initial examination, club medics confirmed the player had picked up a tear in his right thigh. The 24-year-old will undergo further tests on Monday to determine the extent of the problem and will miss the same matches as Henry. Also out of the Copa del Rey final will be Eric Abidal who, after seeing red in the second leg against Chelsea, picked up another red card against the Yellow Submarine and is suspended.

The news comes as a major blow for Josep Guardiola who already has Rafael Márquez out with a knee problem. “[What happened to Iniesta] is the worst news of the day,” Guardiola said on Sunday evening. “He’s such an important player for us because he gives so much. Playing games every three days takes a huge effort. He’s definitely out for Wednesday and the idea is to have him ready for the Champions League final.”

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  • anon December 21, 2010, 1:01 pm

    because the squad is old
    15 of them are 30+

    it’s all well and good now, but the legs are falling off….
    look what happened with the injuries

    inter need youth, mourinho bought old furniture

  • Norman December 19, 2010, 11:26 pm

    This guy is a fool & an arrogant one at that. By issuing his ultimatum after winning CWC, he is implying that the club should listen to him so that he can continue winning more trophies.

    Come on, CWC had been won by a South American or European club ever since its interception in 2000. Even I win that cup with this Inter against a very inferior Congo team. To win CWC is only to be expected.

  • Rajiv December 19, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Yep..totally agreed. Lame comments. Very incompetant. Not worth the shadow of his predecessor. Definitely should be sacked.

  • inter4life December 19, 2010, 6:58 pm

    Agreed, sack him before Inter is turned into liverpool. The players don’t respect him anyway.

  • Niels December 19, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Is this guy stupid or what? With demanding four or five players he actually says ‘i don’t have confidence in the current squad’, why four or five new lads when you won the tripletta with these players a bit more than a half year ago?

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