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Injured Iniesta out of Barca match

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta (right) celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga match against Malaga at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, October 21.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Barcelona have revealed that Andres Iniesta will not play today's Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao because of an injury.

The club says the team captain will not make the trip to Bilbao after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. Thomas Vermaelen is also not available, as he is nursing a hip injury.

 

More injury concerns

 

Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal had already been ruled out because of long-term injuries. Jordi Alba had been listed as doubtful because of his fitness, but he has been cleared to play. The club says Javier Mascherano, who missed practice yesterday because of a fever, is also expected to play.

Barcelona have a four-point lead over Valencia, who play at second-to-last-place Alaves in early match today.