FC Barcelona and Spanish national team midfielder Andres Iniesta and his wife, Anna Ortiz, have lost the child they were expecting due to a miscarriage, the Cadena SER radio network's "El Larguero" program reported Saturday.

The miscarriage was the reason the star player did not travel with his team for Barça's La Liga match Saturday afternoon against Valladolid.

The club said Friday afternoon that Iniesta would miss the match for "personal reasons" and that Dutchman Ibrahim Afellay would take his spot.

Iniesta and his wife became parents for the first time in 2011 with the birth of their daughter, Valeria, and the couple announced in October that they were expecting a second child. EFE