In a fixture between the leaders and the bottom-placed side, FC Barcelona will take on Huesca away from home.
Barcelona’s talismanic forward, Lionel Messi, will be rested for the game against the La Liga minnows. However, SD Huesca have used the situation as an opportunity to crack a little joke on the Argentine’s absence.
FC Barcelona faced Manchester United at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals during the week. The Catalans have brought home a crucial away goal. However, their talismanic forward Messi sustained a nose-injury in a bloodied clash with Chris Smalling.
As a precautionary measure ahead of the crucial second-leg fixture at the Camp Nou against the Red Devils, Ernesto Valverde has decided to leave the Argentine out of his squad for the La Liga fixture against Huesca.
According to the club’s official statement, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez are also set to miss the La Liga fixture due to injuries, whilst Ivan Rakitic has a fever and won’t play either.
Adding a little humor to the situation, Huesca took to their Twitter account as they announced:
“We have read that a fast Argentine dribbler who takes all of his chances in front of goal will not be at El Alcoraz tomorrow.”
“But actually, ‘Chimy’ Avila is totally available!”
Ezequiel Avila is an Argentine left winger, currently playing for Huesca on-loan from Argentine outfit San Lorenzo.
This season, the 25-year-old has scored 8 goals and set up another 2 in the 28 appearances for the Azulgranas.