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Messi to miss Barca’s Copa del Rey game with flu

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

AP, Wednesday 4 Jan 2012
Lionel Messi

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 eliminates Osasuna, it faces a possible meeting with defending champion Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.

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