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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Iniesta expects to play in CL final

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes he will overcome his right thigh muscle injury and play in the Champions League final against Manchester United.

Iniesta reportedly said after undergoing tests on Monday — his 25th birthday — that his injury during Barcelona's 3-3 draw the previous day with Villarreal was only "a small tear."

Measuring the tear at 2 cm in length, Barcelona would only say that "doctors will be working to get Iniesta fit for the final."

The club had already said Iniesta will miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona is expected to face defending champion United without suspended defenders Eric Abidal and Daniel Alves together with injured Rafael Marquez, while striker Thierry Henry is doubtful with a right knee injury.

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