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Iniesta breaks his silence after suffering major injury setback

Andres Iniesta, Vissel Kobe
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The Barcelona legend has released an update on his condition after undergoing surgery on his injury back home.

Andres Iniesta has announced surgery on his hamstring in Barcelona was a success and that he is feeling good now.

The Spanish midfielder ruptured his right hamstring during an Asian Champions League quarter-final clash between his Vissel Kobe side and Suwon Bluewings last week. He then returned to Barcelona to undergo surgery.

Renowned sports surgeon Ramon Cugat, who has a reputation for performing operations on Barcelona players among other injured stars in Europe, did the procedure.

“Last week, in the ACL quarter-final match against Suwon, I broke the rectus femoris of my right leg,” Iniesta wrote in a statement shared on Instagram.

“After many tests, I took the advice of my medical team and we have considered that the best option for me was to get surgery and speed up the recovery.

“The surgery has been a success and I am feeling very well.

“My objective is to get back on track as soon as possible and enjoy what I like doing the most.

“All my energy is already put into the recovery and the work that lies ahead.

“I want to thank all of you for your kind words, thank Vissel Kobe and the club’s medical services for their support, and especially to Doctor Ramon Cugat and his team.”

No return date has been specified yet on Iniesta, but reports have claimed Iniesta could be sidelined for around four months.

The 36-year-old joined Vissel Kobe in 2018 after a career-long association with Barcelona and has made 74 appearances to date, supplying 16 goals and 18 assists in the process.

Vissel Kobe, meanwhile, defeated Suwon Bluewings 7-6 on penalties after finishing 1-1 in their match only to lose 2-1 to South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 in the semi-finals last weekend.