This follows another injury relapse suffered by Sergi Roberto.
Xavi did not risk Roberto for the game against Espanyol, but he still wasn’t fit enough to help the team against Benfica. This caused a stir in the dressing room.
Incessant injuries and relapses by Barca stars was what led to the firing of Barca team doctors, Lluis Til and Xavi Yanguas.
Xavi announced in his presser for the Villarreal clash that Dr Pruna’s arival at the club is “fundamental” to what he’s trying to achieve.
Meanwhile, Roberto was left out of the squad to execute the game against Villarreal on Saturday.