La Liga leaders Barcelona are set to be without three first-team stars as they travel to Villarreal on Sunday evening, with Andres Iniesta, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano all unavailable for selection through injury.
Iniesta was absent during Barca's 2-0 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon in midweek, but it was hoped that he could make a full recovery in time for their weekend clash.
Alongside Iniesta will be Umtiti and Mascherano, who are both also suffering from muscle problems, with the former not scheduled to be back in action until mid-February.
The 24-year-old's unavailability will likely see forgotten-man
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"We have to take into account what they will do to solve their injury problems but I'm sure they will try and play as they always do and will want the ball and try to put us under pressure", the Barca coach told a news conference on Saturday, as quoted by Spanish news outlet AS.
"I'm sure they'll try and play that way against us too even though they might take one or two precautions."