The coach asked them not to come back with physical problems
Up to 18 players in the first team have left these days with their selections to meet international commitments. The Europeans will play friendly matches before the European Championship in France this summer. The South Americans will face big qualifying games for the World Cup 2018.
Before leaving Barcelona, Luis Enrique wanted to give a clear message to his players: no injuries. According to the newspaper Sport, Barça coach asked for caution to avoid risks: "Beware of injuries. Come back in April healthy, because we have the key part of the season."
In April, the club can mathematically win La Liga (they need five wins) and also qualify for the Champions League semifinals if they beat Atlético Madrid. The semifinals are to be played etween the last week of April and early May.
Luis Enrique knows he needs the team in perfect conditions to fight for all the titles and do not want to risk any footballer. Iniesta didn't play at Villarreal, due to minor discomfort and has not traveled with Spain. Busquets has a finger fracture and returned to Barcelona. Rakitic suffered a calf problem and won't play with Croatia. The other players will have to be careful.