After missing the last four games with a calf injury, the headline news coming out of FC Barcelona this morning involves the return of club captain, Xavi Hernandez, who has been named in Luis Enrique's 18-man squad for tonight's Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg clash with Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. His injury rather coincidentally coincided with Barcelona's best spell of the season so far; in four matches the Blaugrana are unbeaten and have scored a total of 16 goals, conceding just once in the process.
With their club captain back in the reckoning, will FC Barcelona be able to claim their fifth successive victory, or will the reigning La Liga champions avenge last weekend's defeat at the Camp Nou?
Luis Enrique has kept things similar to that night; Marc-Andre ter Stegen will replace Claudio Bravo in goal with the Chilean dropping out of the squad altogether, while compared to the weekend Martin Montoya also drops out of contention, but aside from that, it's as expected from the Barca coach. Check out the full list below:
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jordi Masip;
Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba, Adriano Correia;
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Ivan Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Andres Iniesta, Rafinha Alcantara
Attackers: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Pedro Rodriguez
Expected Starting Line-Up (4-3-3):
ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Bartra, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
The match starts at 22:00 CET, and you can follow and comment on all the action right here, on Barça Blaugranes.
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