Iniesta and Pique sidelined for Copa del Rey clash at Levante
Barcelona starters, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique will not make the trip to Valencia to face Levante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie as they continue to work with the club’s medical staff to recover from injury.
Iniesta continues to recover from a deep knee bruise suffered two weeks ago against Atletico Madrid and trained in the gym on Tuesday, with manager, Tata Martino not wanting to risk re-aggrevating the knee injury, while Pique trained lightly to the side.
Martino, however, has included Dani Alves and Carles Puyol back in the squad, while leaving out Martin Montoya, Oier Olazabal, Ibrahim Afellay, Isaac Cuenca and Jonathan Dos Santos.
The full squad list is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Victor Valdés, Jose Manuel Pinto
Defenders: Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Dani Alves.
Midfielders: Cesc Fàbregas, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Alex Song, Sergi Roberto
Forwards: Pedro, Alexis, Leo Messi,Cristian Tello, Dongou