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Leo Messi And Sergio Busquets Out For The Copa De Rey Match


Barcelona will face Ibiza in the Copa del Rey without Leo Messi, but could lineup with a trio of pure fantasy in the midfield: Arthur, De Jong and Riqui Puig

Barcelona will get their Copa del Rey campaign underway on Wednesday against Ibiza.

Quique Setién has decided to rest Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets for the match, amongst others. In spite of this, there's other players that'll capture the attention and excitement of the Barca fans.

The match could give the Barca fans a great opportunity to see one of their talents from the start.

According to Helena Condis on ‘El Partidazo de COPE’, Quique Setién will start with Arthur, De Jong and Rique Pug in the midfield.

The absence of Busquets invites us to think that the Dutchman, who missed the game against Granada because of suspension, will play in place of the Spaniard.

At both sides of Frenkie will be Arthur and Riqui Puig, two players that'll have a lot at stake in their visit to Ibiza.

The youngster will try to show his worth again and once again stake his claim for winning the spot in the first team.

On the other hand, the Brazil international wants to make it very clear that his injury problems are a thing of the past and he is 100% focused on the sporting aspect.

He must leave the controversies that caused him ups and downs with Ernesto Valverde behind him. The ex-Gremio star must demonstrate that he is vital in the centre of the park.

The decision to use these players is risky, but the desire of seeing it fully working could tip the scales and mark the beginning of the future Barca midfield.