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Iniesta out of Barcelona match at Athletic Bilbao

October 27, 2017

FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, right, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Malaga at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Andres Iniesta will not play Saturday’s Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao because of a muscle problem.

Thomas Vermaelen also won’t be available, as he is nursing a hip injury.

Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal had already been ruled out because of long-term injuries.

Jordi Alba had been listed as doubtful because of his fitness but he has been cleared to play.

The club says Javier Mascherano, who missed practice Friday because of a fever, is also expected to play.

Barcelona has a four-point lead over Valencia, which earlier Saturday plays at second-to-last-place Alaves.

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