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Koeman gives De Jong and Alba a rest while calling up Collado

Thursday21 January 2021 | 13:25
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The Dutchman has decided to rest a number of his players for their upcoming match against Cornella.

Barcelona

players,

Frenkie de Jong

and

Jordi Alba

, will not be attending their Copa del Rey clash with

Cornella

since the team’s head-coach, Ronald Koeman, has decided to give the two a rest while calling up

Alex Collado

.

Lionel Messi

will also miss the game against Cornella due to his two-match ban, which he received after being sent off during their Supercopa de Espana final defeat to

Athletic Bilbao

. Therefore, Koeman has chosen to put his trust in the 21-year-old Collado, who has only two appearances with the first-team so far.

Barca’s manager hopes to avoid a shock exit after seeing

Real Madrid

and

Atletico Madrid

defeated by their Segunda Division opponents by including Ilaix Moriba,

Arnau Tenas

, and

Konrad de la Fuente

in his 20 men squad.

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source: SportMob