Barcelona’s captain Andre Iniesta missed the morning training due to muscle discomfort.
Spanish outlet Marca reports that the Spaniard felt discomfort in his right adductor. So the medical staff decided to rest the player.
Andre Gomes is expected to replace the 32-year-old midfielder in the match against Espanyol.
Rafinha, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu were other absentees at the Sant Joan Despi facility.
The Blaugrana did not have much trouble against their local rivals in recent times. Barcelona suffered defeat from Espanyol back in 2008/09 season. Since then Barca has had 14 victories and 4 draws against the Budgerigars