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Barcelona's Andres Iniesta to miss Villarreal visit

Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2015 at the CampNou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal on March 16, 2015 at the CampNou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

BARCELONA, Spain -- Midfielder Andres Iniesta has been left out of Barcelona's squad for Sunday's visit to Villarreal in the Spanish league.

Barcelona says coach Luis Enrique took the decision because of ''minor fitness concerns.''

The 31-year-old Iniesta is Barcelona's top playmaker in midfield. He helped the Catalan club beat Arsenal 3-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals.

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Barcelona leads the Spanish league by eight points before its match at fourth-place Villarreal.

Second-place Atletico Madrid lost 2-1 at Sporting Gijon on Saturday.