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Andres Iniesta called Enzo Perez after horror tackle vs Valencia

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Lionel Messi's last-minute penalty secured an important 3-2 victory over Valencia on Saturday afternoon - but the win came at a cost.

With 14 minutes played of the first half, Andres Iniesta was on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Enzo Perez and had to be stretchered off the pitch.

In the hours that followed Barcelona's win, reports confirmed the Spaniard had suffered ligament damage in his right knee and would be out of action for 6-8 weeks.

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Iniesta told his 14 million Twitter followers: "It's not an easy moment, it'll be a few weeks but it could have been a lot worse.

"I want to thank you for all the messages of support! Hugs!"

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INIESTA'S TWEET

The diminutive attacking midfielder will be sorely missed at the Camp Nou, but it would seem there are no hard feelings between Iniesta and Perez.

According to Valencia newspaper Superdeporte, per 101 Great Goals, Valencia's captain contacted Lionel Messi after the game to apologise for his tackle and ask after Iniesta's condition.

Messi then forwarded Perez's message on to his teammate, who returned the favour by personally calling the 30-year-old.

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In a phone call between the two, Iniesta reportedly told Perez 'not to worry about the challenge' and accepted his apology without hesitation.

What a class act.

Barcelona's manager, Luis Enrique, will only hope Iniesta enjoys a successful recovery after discussing his importance to the Catalonians recently.

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Speaking ahead of the 32-year-old's 600th appearance for the club early this month, he said: "I had the luck to play with him and now to coach him.

"To evaluate these 599 - possibly 600 - games is something that can only make everyone proud and not just for his performances.

"We can only enjoy him. Not just for what he has achieved, but how he has achieved it. For the values he has shown and what he represents to world football."

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Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi
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Valencia
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