Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will be out for six to eight weeks after injuring knee ligaments in the dramatic win over Valencia. The midfielder was injured by an Enzo Perez tackle after 14 minutes of the 3-2 win and left on a stretcher. He could miss the rest of the Champions League group games and is definitely out of the match at Manchester City on 1 November. Barca won thanks to a late Lionel Messi penalty, his second goal of the game. Luis Enrique’ side, who went top with the win, are also going to be without Iniesta’s fellow Spain internationals Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba through injury for the City game.
Marcello Lippi – who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy – has come out of retirement to become the new manager of China. Lippi, 68, had two spells in charge of the Italian national team and won five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus. He retired from coaching after winning a third straight league title with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in 2014. China are ranked 84th in the world. The Italian replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned earlier this month after a 2-0 defeat in Uzbekistan dealt a further blow to China’s slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They are bottom of Group A in Asia with one point from four games.