Former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has promised his glittering profession will not be reduce quick by the thigh harm that has left him going through 4 months on the sidelines. The World Cup-winning Spanish midfielder, 36, stated he deliberate to be again for his Japanese membership Vissel Kobe subsequent season after present process surgical procedure in Barcelona on a ruptured tendon.
Iniesta suffered the harm within the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League, the place he helped Vissel attain the semi-finals earlier than they had been knocked out on Sunday.
“The surgery has been a success and I am feeling very well,” Iniesta stated in an announcement posted on Twitter, with a photograph of himself giving the thumbs-up from his hospital mattress.
“My objective is to get back on track as soon as possible and enjoy what I like doing the most.
“All my vitality is already put into the restoration and the work that lies forward.”
The Spanish maestro was injured and substituted during Vissel’s round-of-16 victory over China’s Shanghai SIPG in Doha, a match in which he scored.
He made a telling cameo appearance in the quarter-final against South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings, coming on as a 113th-minute substitute and scoring Vissel’s first penalty in a 7-6 shoot-out victory.
Iniesta clutched his thigh and grimaced immediately after slotting his kick past Suwon goalkeeper Yang Sang-min, and did not appear in Vissel’s 2-1 semi-final defeat by Ulsan Hyundai three days later.
Iniesta joined Vissel in 2018 after making 442 appearances for Barcelona, where he was the midfield dynamo in some of the club’s greatest ever teams.
Barcelona wished Iniesta a speedy recovery in a Twitter post on Wednesday, as did Spanish side Albacete, where Iniesta began his youth career.
Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, a six-time NBA All-Star and winner of two Olympic silver medals with the Spanish national team, also sent a message of encouragement.
Vissel finish their 2020 season on Saturday with their closing J-League sport towards FC Tokyo. The 2021 J-League season begins with the curtain-raising Super Cup on February 20.
Iniesta was a key a part of the Barcelona aspect that received trebles in 2009 and 2015. He received 9 La Liga crowns and 4 European Champions League titles, and scored the winner within the 2010 World Cup closing in South Africa to provide Spain its first ever title.
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