Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde revealed on Wednesday that Lionel Messi was withdrawn from Tuesday's 2-1 win over Villarreal as a precaution after the Argentinean began feeling pain in his leg.
had recovered from a calf injury to feature, was replaced at the start of the
second half after suffering a thigh problem.
The Argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0.
Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back.
After the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde described Messi's injury as a "small problem in the adductor".
"When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well," he said.
"As a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is."
injury, the Barca captain received treatment on the edge of the pitch before carrying
on until half-time.
The forward was replaced by French striker Ousmane Dembele at the start of the second half.