Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta doubtful for Chelsea clash due to hamstring injury

The Spain international was forced off 34 minutes into the first half of the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou, having initially attempted to carry on after picking up the problem in the 20th minute.

Barcelona will welcome Chelsea to the Camp Nou on March 14 in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie looking to book their place in the quarter-finals, and manager Ernesto Valverde admitted that they would be losing an “irreplaceable” player should he be ruled out of the contest.

“Without Iniesta we lose a unique player, irreplaceable,” he told the club’s official website.

“It’s difficult to find a substitute for him because there is no-one like him in the world. Let’s hope the injury is nothing serious.”

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