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Late blow for Barcelona as key player ruled out of Copa del Rey clash



Xavi sends message to Barcelona supporters after their goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has announced his matchday squad for the upcoming Copa del Rey clash against fourth-tier side Barbastro.

The squad sees the return of Inigo Martinez, who has been sidelined due to injury since the start of December. Martinez’s return comes at an opportune moment, considering the upcoming Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh.

In addition to Martinez, several youngsters, including Marc Casado, Pau Cubarsi, Aron Yaakobishvili, Pau Victor, and Hector Fort, have been included in the squad.

However, there is a setback for Barcelona as Alejandro Balde has missed out on the squad. The left-back was unable to train on Saturday and has not recovered in time for the match against Barbastro.

With Joao Cancelo and Marcos Alonso also unavailable due to injury, Barcelona will be without a recognized left-back in their squad for the upcoming match.

Martinez and Cubarsi could potentially fill in at left-back if needed, but this situation presents a challenge for Xavi, especially with the Spanish Super Cup on the horizon.

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