The German midfielder had previously played 45 minutes in each of Manchester United’s pre-season games so far on tour but he will not feature this weekend.
Although Van Gaal confirmed an injury to Schweinsteiger, he refused to give specifics as to what the injury was but reiterated on more than one occasion that it was a minor injury.
“He has a minor issue,” Van Gaal told reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t take risks in preparation & he doesn’t either. It’s not serious.”
More from the boss on Schweinsteiger: "He has a minor issue. I don't take risks in preparation & he doesn't either. It's not serious." #mufc
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2015
It’s a real shame that Schweinsteiger will miss the Barcelona game but given the quality in United’s squad, Van Gaal has plenty of other options available.
Hopefully Schweinsteiger’s withdrawal from this weekend’s match is nothing more than precautionary to make sure he doesn’t aggravate the injury and make it any worse than it needs to be.