Lionel Messi is again within the Barcelona squad that can face second-division membership Rayo Vallecano within the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Messi has not performed within the Copa del Rey this season however coach Ronald Koeman is predicted to make use of him within the round-of-16 sport after lacking two matches due to a suspension. Messi had been rested earlier than that due to an unspecified minor health downside.
“He is contemporary and is not feeling any illnesses,” Koeman stated Tuesday.
“To win issues we want Messi to be in good condition and taking part in on the degree that he can play. He’s excited to play. He’s the form of participant who needs to play in each match. We are going to have a look at our opponent and tomorrow we are going to know precisely who will likely be within the beginning 11.” Messi obtained a two-match suspension for hitting an opponent away from the ball late within the staff’s 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao within the Spanish Tremendous Cup closing on Jan. 17.
He didn’t play in opposition to Cornella within the spherical of 32 of the Copa del Rey final week, nor in opposition to Elche within the Spanish league on Sunday. Barcelona received each matches 2-0.
The Catalan membership trails Spanish league chief Atletico Madrid by 10 factors and is three factors behind second-place Actual Madrid coming into the second half of the season. Atletico has a sport in hand.
Barcelona has performed properly this yr regardless of the loss to Athletic within the Spanish Tremendous Cup. It has received 4 straight league matches, all away from house. The Catalan membership is unbeaten in 9 consecutive league video games.
Rayo is coming off a loss to Mallorca however beforehand had received six in a row in all competitions. It sits fourth within the second-division standings, in good place to earn promotion.
Barcelona defender Sergino Dest won’t play Wednesday due to a “thigh discomfort,” the membership stated.
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‘s spherical of 16 remains to be performed in one-game matchups.
“The Copa is a shorter event, with fewer video games, and we play to win it,” Koeman stated. “I need to see my staff with this successful mentality, identical to it confirmed till now.”