Adriano, Affelay and Iniesta to miss Milan game

November 22nd, 2011 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS  

AC Milan Madrid, Nov 22 (IANS) Defending champions Barcelona will be without Adriano, Irabhim Affelay and Andres Iniesta in their UEFA Champions League match away to AC Milan Wednesday.

The Spanish giants will take on the Italian outfit at the San Siro stadium with a two-point lead at the top of Group H.

The club said Monday that Iniesta will be missing from the game and has been replaced by youngster Jonathan de los Santos.

Iniesta, 27, suffered a pulled muscle in his left thigh in Saturday’s 4-0 win of Zaragoza. He has been plagued by muscle injuries since 2009, though he managed to recover in time to play a stellar role for Spain at the 2010 World Cup.

Iniesta had a similar injury in October, and the Barcelona medical staff is worried about his muscle problems.

Brazilian defender Adriano also had a muscle injury while on international duty and will be out for three weeks, while Affelay will miss the remainder of the season after damaging knee ligaments.

Milan managed to draw 2-2 in the Camp Nou in their first-leg match.

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