Barca quartet rested for Cup

Barcelona have chosen to rest Gerard Pique, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Pedro Rodriguez for their midweek Copa del Rey clash.

The Catalans host Cordoba on Thursday evening in the second leg of their Last 16 tie already with a 2-0 aggregate lead.

The game, which will see assistant Jordi Roura again step in for the absent Tito Vilanova, will be without key quartet Pique, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro, who are all rested.

Included in the squad, though, are a number of first team names including Lionel Messi, Carles Puyol and David Villa.

Barcelona squad to face Cordoba: Valdes, Pinto, Dani Alves, Fabregas, Puyol, Villa, Alexis, Messi, Thiago, Dos Santos, Mascherano, Bartra, Busquets, Song, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Adriano, Tello, S. Roberto

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