Lionel Messi has a minor muscle injury and is training separately as a precaution ahead of the restart of the Spanish league next week.
The club said Messi has a right thigh ailment and is “doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days” before the team resumes its title defense. Barcelona said Messi “should be able to rejoin his teammates in a few days’ time.”
Messi had already trained separately on Wednesday. He and the rest of the squad had a rest day on Thursday. Barcelona said Saturday’s training session will take place at the Camp Nou instead of the team’s training center.
Messi missed nearly two months at the beginning of the season after hurting a calf muscle in the first pre-season training.
Barcelona said forward Ansu Fati also trained individually on Friday, though it did not say why.
Defender Clément Lenglet is set to miss the trip to Mallorca because of an accumulation of yellow cards.
But striker Luis Suárez, who underwent right knee surgery in January and was expected to miss the rest of the season before the pandemic struck, has been practicing normally and is expected to be back in action in Mallorca.
Ousmane Dembelé is not likely to return as he continues to recover from a serious hamstring problem.
Barcelona has a two-point lead over Real Madrid with 11 rounds remaining.
The league’s first game will be the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on Thursday.