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Alejandro Balde misses Barcelona training ahead of Copa del Rey tie

Xavi could be short of left-backs

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Barcelona defender Alejandro Balde missed training on Saturday ahead of the team’s next game in the Copa del Rey.

Balde missed the session due to illness, meaning he’s a doubt for tomorrow’s clash against Barbastro, according to Cope’s Victor Navarro.

Xavi will also be without Joao Cancelo and Marcos Alonso for the match, due to injury, leaving him short of left-back options.

It will be interesting to see how Xavi lines up his defense if Balde is ruled out, although he is expected to have Inigo Martinez available again after injury.

Xavi could also call up 16-year-old left-back Albert Navarro for the game. The teenage defender has trained with the first time this week and may get a chance.

Barcelona take on Barbastro and then head out to Saudi Arabia for the Spanish Super Cup before returning to La Liga action later this month.

The Catalans take on Osasuna in the semi-finals, with the winners going on to face either Real Madrid or Atletico in the final.

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