Youngsters Lamine Yamal and Alejandro Balde will be missing out on the next Copa Del Rey clash against Barbastro. The Afro-Spanish winger received a two match suspension in the last year's Youth Cup, hence he can't play at the competition for the next match.
According to the rules, they will also exclude Lamine for the round after the Barbastro clash. Cups are a great way for up-and-coming players to gain more experience, but unfortunately Yamal will only be watching from the stadium seats.
Alejandro Balde, on the other hand, couldn't train with the team this Saturday, which raises suspicions regarding the player's fitness. With Marcos Alonso injured, Balde is the only left-back at Xavi's disposal.
Luckily for Barcelona, Íñigo Martínez will be back from the hospital following a full recovery from his injuries. The Spanish center-back will also be available for the Copa Del Rey clash against Barbastro. Hopefully, the Spaniard finds his old form back and proves to be an asset to the club.
Messinho Transfer Update
Last time, the love story between Messinho and Barcelona seemed to look like a one-sided affair. But now, the Blaugranes have signaled a green light to sign the Brazilian wonderkid. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan Giants have been following the teenager's situation for a year.
There were reports about Estevão Willian in the club's technical office, which confirmed their interest in the Brazilian forward. Additionally, Barcelona's Sporting Director Deco also likes Messinho. One of the main reasons why Barça has held back is because of their financial situation.
Signing Messinho will be a long-term investment as FIFA regulations prohibit players from leaving their homeland to play for a foreign club until they turn 18. Hence, Messinho can't show up at Barcelona till the Summer of 2025.
One thing that puts Barcelona in a favorable situation is the kid's love for the club. Both Willian and his agent André Cury are stubborn to wait it out for Barcelona's approval. But, the Blaugranes should act fast as many big clubs are also behind the Brazilian's signatures.