Fluish Messi to miss game

2012-01-04 14:35

Barcelona says forward Lionel Messi and goalkeeper Victor Valdes will miss today’s Copa del Rey game against Osasuna because of flulike symptoms.

Backup keeper Jose Pinto was already set to start in goal for last year’s runner-up, meaning reserve team goalkeeper Oier Olazabal will take Valdes’ spot on the bench.

The two Spanish teams will play the second leg in Pamplona next week.

If Barcelona eliminate Osasuna, they face a possible meeting with defending champions Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.

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