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March 10, 2013 12:30 AM IST
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Barcelona-Deportivo La Coruna Preview: Struggling Blaugrana look to regroup ahead of must-win Milan clash

The Catalan giants will be desperate to bounce back against La Liga's bottom club at Camp Nou, after back-to-back defeats at the hands of arch-rivals Real Madrid

By Karthick Arvinth

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Barcelona forward Pedro is available for Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Deportivo La Coruna after overcoming a bout of flu.

However, playmaker Xavi is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, while Victor Valdes and Gerard Pique are suspended.

Assistant coach Jordi Roura is likely to rest many of his regular starters with Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash against AC Milan in mind.

Ze Castro, Kaka and Riki are all out injured for Deportivo, while Carlos Marchena is suspended.

Youngster Pablo Insua is expected to partner Aythami in the centre of defence.

  • Barcelona have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalan giants have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 matches across all competitions.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) has scored in a record 16 consecutive Liga appearances.
  • Deportivo La Coruna ended a six-match losing run with a goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano last weekend.
  • The Galician outfit have lost four of their last five meetings with Barcelona.
  • Deportivo's last win over Barca at Camp Nou was a 2-0 success in October 2003.

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13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
5Carles PuyolDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
9Alexis SánchezStriker
-Jordi MasipGoalkeeper
18Jordi AlbaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
10Lionel MessiStriker
1Dani AranzubiaGoalkeeper
2Manuel PabloDefender
12Paulo AssunçaoMidfielder
14A. AguilarMidfielder
16Bruno GamaStriker
25Nélson OliveiraStriker
13Germán Darí­o LuxGoalkeeper
4Alex BergantiñosMidfielder
28Juan DomínguezMidfielder
18Javi CamuñasMidfielder
10Jesús VázquezMidfielder
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Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0