Messi left out of Barca Cup tie

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has left Lionel Messi out of his squad for the European champions’ Copa del Rey clash against minnows Villanovense on Wednesday.

The holders need a win at the Camp Nou to progress to the last 16 after an under-strength Barca side was held 0-0 in the first leg by third-tier Villanovense five weeks ago.

Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba are also handed a rest. However, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta have been included after missing the first leg.