Vidal cools injury fears

07 September 2018 09:13:02 EST

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has played down fears that he faces another spell on the sidelines with a new knee injury.

Reports suggested the 31-year-old had picked up the problem during a training session with Chile in Japan.

Vidal had to endure a knee operation in April, which forced him to miss the closing weeks of Bayern Munich's 2017/18 season, before his summer switch to Barcelona.

However, Vidal insists: "I heard a lot of things and they're all lies. I've [got] nothing wrong with me.

"I left before training for a rest after a long journey. I went to the gym and used the bike, but I did everything as normal in training.

"It was a 24-hour journey and training after that is not easy, but everything is fine."

Chile's match with Japan was cancelled because of an earthquake in Hokkaido, with Vidal adding: "We felt the earthquake but we are fine and a little bored, but that's how things are.

"We felt how strong the earthquake was, we were all sleeping. These are things that happen in life.

"It is important for everyone to know that we are all fine, nothing has happened to us. It was more of a scare than anything else."

Barcelona are 5/1 to win the Champions League this season and 4/9 to clinch the La Liga title.

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