Andres Iniesta will miss Barcelona's derby at Espanyol on Saturday due to an abductor injury, the club have confirmed.
Iniesta was a doubt for the Liga match after missing training on Friday and he has not been able to prove his fitness in time to make Luis Enrique's squad.
[SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT ] Iniesta, misses out through injury. Find out who is in the squad for the Barcelona derby https://t.co/EyhkCvDBBA pic.twitter.com/59LQntRV4c — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 29, 2017
Rafinha, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu are the other injury absentees for Barca, who have included 19-year-old Carles Alena in their matchday 18 and welcome back Neymar after the Brazilian served a three-match ban.
Iniesta has started just 10 Liga games in a stop-start season for the 32-year-old, with Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes the contenders to take his place in the Barcelona midfield.
Barcelona lead the Liga table via their superior head-to-head record against Real Madrid, who have the chance to go top when they host Valencia on Saturday.