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You can’t replace Iniesta – Valverde



📰 *SR5*: *’He can’t be replaced’ – Iniesta injury leaves Valverde worried ahead of Chelsea tie*

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits he is unsure of how best to replace the injured Andres Iniesta in his starting XI.

Iniesta is a doubt for the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Chelsea on March 14 after sustaining a hamstring problem in the 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

The 33-year-old attempted to play through the injury before he eventually made way for Andre Gomes in the 36th minute.

And, with Philippe Coutinho ineligible for European competition, Chelsea’s visit to Camp Nou could require Barca to repair two key components from the team that started on Sunday.

“He cannot be matched, like Messi. You cannot replace a unique player like him,” Valverde said of his captain.

“We are going to wait to see the scan of the injury. It looked like a muscle tear, but we will hope that it is not so serious.

“He knows how to manage himself. He was having a great game.”

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