Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will miss Saturday's Catalan derby against Espanyol having a groin problem, the club have confirmed.
Luis Enrique desired to let it rest as late as you possibly can before developer the midfielder's fitness, but was finally made to leave him from his 18-man squad for that game at Cornella-El Prat.
The Blaugrana haven't revealed how lengthy they be prepared to do without Iniesta, with only three league games and also the Copa del Rey final in the future following this weekend.
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It's been an end start season for Iniesta, that has endured a number of injuries problems.
A calf injuries ruled him out for a few days captured, as they was from action for six days earlier within the campaign after sustaining a knee injuries in October's win at Valencia.
On the top of this, Luis Enrique has attempted to handle the 32-year-old's minutes carefully — an unused substitute within the midweek make an impression on Osasuna, he's began just 10 La Liga games all season.
Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez would be the candidates to exchange him in midfield.
Barca will also be without hurt trio Rafinha, Jeremy Mathieu and Aleix Vidal at Espayol, but Neymar returns from the three-game ban.
Luis Enrique's side begin the sport the surface of the table, tied on 78 points with Real Madrid — who've a game title in hands — but lead the way in which thanks to their superior mind-to-mind record.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.