Madrid: Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi missed training on Monday due to "personal reasons", Barcelona have confirmed.
"Messi hasn`t trained today, with the permission of the club, due to personal reasons," Barca said in a statement.
The Argentine continued his fine form with the winning goal as Barca came from behind twice to beat Villarreal 3-2 on Sunday.
Yet, it is just over a month since Messi missed another training session in front of the club`s fans, claiming to be suffering from gastroenteritis, a day after he had been left on the bench for Barca`s 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad.
His absence on that occasion sparked a mini-crisis at the club as speculation grew over coach Luis Enrique`s future due to his frosty relationship with his star player.
However, since then Barca have strung together eight straight victories to move into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and remain just a point adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.
Barca aren`t in action again until Sunday when they travel to face Athletic Bilbao, so Enrique has given all of his squad Tuesday and Wednesday off ahead of a return to training on Thursday.