Lionel Messi was absent from Barcelona’s first training session of the week as the Blaugrana ramp up in anticipation of the looming El Clásico, which takes place next Saturday.
The player suffered a knock on Sunday's La Liga draw against Real Sociedad, though it is very unlikely the knock is bad enough to keep him out of the upcoming match against Real Madrid in five days.
Barcelona are first set to face off against Hércules in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 32, though coach Luis Enrique is sure to rotate his squad. Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba also suffered knocks during the match at Anoeta and will certainly be given a rest midweek before the big game.
After the latest bad result, the Catalan giants are in what essentially has become a must-win situation to keep the league trophy from slipping from their grasp after two consecutive draws against Málaga and Sociedad.