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Barcelona trio to be left out for Plzen clash


Three important members of the first-team setup are expected to play no part in the club’s upcoming meeting with Viktoria Plzen.

Xavi Hernandez’s troops, of course, will be back in action in midweek, set to bring a close to what has proven a nightmare Champions League group stage campaign.

Already eliminated from European football’s premiere club competition, the Blaugrana will make the trip to the Czech Republic, for a meeting with winless Viktoria Plzen.

The clash, all told, is of little importance to Barca, assured of their place in the Europa League owing to a four-point advantage over their upcoming hosts.

And, evidently, boss Xavi is therefore keen to make use of the opportunity to afford some much-needed rest to some of his key players.

The Catalans were subjected to an altogether hard-fought 90 minutes on Saturday, eventually emerging on the right side of a one-goal triumph at the Mestalla courtesy of a last-gasp Robert Lewandowski winner.

And the Polish hitman, fresh off a fine start to life at the Camp Nou, will as a result be handed the night off on Tuesday, according to Spanish outlet Relevo.

Joining ‘Lewa’ in watching on from afar, meanwhile, will be defensive duo Jules Kounde and Eric Garcia, both set to be rested after departing the action versus Valencia prematurely 24 hours ago.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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