Soccer: Vissel's Iniesta sidelined for 4 months with thigh injury

Vissel Kobe’s star playmaker Andres Iniesta has been diagnosed with a rupture of the rectus femoris muscle in his right thigh that is expected to take four months to completely heal, the J-League first division side said Wednesday. The 36-year-old Spanish midfielder, who suffered the injury in Vissel’s round-of-16 win in the AFC Champions League earlier this month, underwent surgery at a hospital in Barcelona on Wednesday, the club said. Iniesta scored in Kobe’s 2-0 victory over Shanghai SIPG on Dec. 7 that sent the Asian Champions League debutants into the last eight, but he hobbled off in th…

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