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FC Barcelona News: 23 January 2021; Barça to face Rayo Vallecano, Lionel Messi to miss Elche trip

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A round-up of the latest Barcelona news and transfer rumors

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Recovery session - FC Barcelona
Recovery session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for Ronald Koeman's first team squad following the 2-0 win at Cornellà in the Copa del Rey.

FC Barcelona to face Rayo Vallecano in the Last 16 of the Copa del Rey - FC Barcelona
Barça now know their opponents in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey as they will face Rayo Vallecano in the domestic cup competition. Given that rivals Rayo Vallecano are from the Second Division, Copa del Rey rules mean that the game will be played at the Vallecas Stadium.

When and where to see Elche v FC Barcelona - FC Barcelona
La Liga returns for Barça with an away trip to Elche and a game in the Martínez Valero stadium that kicks off at 4.15pm on Sunday 24 January local time. The blaugranes will be looking to make it five away wins in a row in La Liga against the newly promoted side.

Leo Messi to miss Elche game - FC Barcelona
The Spanish FA have turned down FC Barcelona's appeal against Leo Messi's two match ban following his first ever red card in a Barça shirt against Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup final. As a result the Argentine will serve the second game of the suspension on Sunday in the La Liga away fixture at Elche.

Ronald Araujo happy to have the chance to show what he can do - FC Barcelona
Ronald Araujo, a key member of the back four in Ronald Koeman's team, spoke on Friday about his debut season with the first team squad and the shape the team finds itself in at the moment.