Xavi ruled out of Rayo fixture

The playmaker suffered a knock in the aftermath of the Catalans' win against AC Milan on Tuesday and will now miss the weekend's match against the European hopefuls
Barcelona will be without the services of Xavi for Saturday's Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano after the midfielder picked up a thigh strain.

The 33-year-old featured for the entirety of the Blaugrana's 4-0 Champions League last-16 victory over AC Milan on Tuesday but felt discomfort in his right leg in the aftermath of proceedings at Camp Nou.

He underwent tests on Wednesday to determine the full extent of the setback, and they showed an inflammation of the World Cup winner's biceps femoris muscle.

Xavi had only just returned from a hamstring injury - which threw his availability for the European encounter with the Rossoneri into doubt - and must now sit out the visit of the capital club this weekend.