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FC Barcelona News: 26 January 2017; Javier Mascherano Returns to Match Squad, Barcelona Launch New App

FC Barcelona v Hercules - Copa del Rey Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Javier Mascherano back for Copa del Rey second leg against Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
The Barça squad has been announced for Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter final second leg at the Camp Nou. It was already known that the injured Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta and Rafinha would be missing out on the match with Real Sociedad, while Luis Enrique has decided to leave Ter Stegen out of the team for the 9.15pm CET kick-off as well.

Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
Having sauntered out of an Arctic-esque Anoeta last week with not just a quarterfinal first-leg victory but also a crucial away goal tucked firmly under the arm (Highlights below, Match Report), FC Barcelona return to Camp Nou Thursday night amidst a sublime run of form that has them brimming with confidence as the second leg and a seventh successive semifinal berth in the Copa del Rey hang in the air like a tennis ball begging to be put away with an overhead smash on match point.

Luis Enrique not worried about absentees against Real Sociedad | FC barcelona
For the Barça coach the absences of Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Rafinha in midfield is something that the team can deal with. “I have plenty of options,” revealed Luis Enrique before resisting temptation to make public who would replace Busquets in the centre of midfield.

All about FC Barcelona's cup quarter final opponents | FC Barcelona
Real was originally founded as the football section of the San Sebastián Recreation Club in 1905. King Alfonso XIII regularly spent his summer vacations in the city and in 1909 endorsed the club’s current name of Real Sociedad de Fútbol, which translated to English means the ‘Royal Football Society’.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face Real Sociedad in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals this Thursday at 9.15pm CET. Luis Enrique’s men want to ensure they qualify for the semi-finals of the cup competition following his side’s single-goal winning margin at Anoeta given to them by Neymar Jr’s strike. The Blaugranas are looking to stay in the competition in an attempt to win the cup for the third year in a row.

Luis Enrique sidesteps questions over Barcelona future as scrutiny continues | Sky Sports
Barcelona are only two points off leaders Real Madrid in La Liga - though Zinedine Zidane's side have a game in hand - but have underwhelmed in a string of games this season and face competition from Jorge Sampaoli's second-placed Sevilla, as well as their fiercest rivals.

FCB Fantasy Manager, the new Barça app | FC Barcelona
Users can challenge all other players of the game, compare progress with friends and prove that they are the best equipped to lead FC Barcelona and look after stars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr, Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta and the rest of the team.

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