Alba joins Iniesta and Sanchez on sidelines for Getafe trip
Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has failed to recover from flu and is out of the leaders' match at Getafe on Saturday, joining Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez, injured on international duty, on the list of absentees.
There was better news for coach Tito Vilanova about captain Carles Puyol, who was given the all-clear on Friday after fracturing a cheekbone at Osasuna last month and was included in the squad for the trip to Madrid.
Vilanova told a news conference on Friday that David Villa and Thiago Alcantara, who have recently returned from long-term injuries, could well be deployed against Getafe, where Barca slipped to a shock defeat last season.
"He has more than 45 minutes in him," Vilanova said of Spain striker Villa. "He is better every day and the way the match goes will decide."
Barca have slipped up several times in recent years in their first match back following an international break, suffering from what has become known as the "FIFA virus".
"We can't do anything about it and the best way to cure the virus is to win the Getafe match," Vilanova said.