The Catalan giant returns to action after the international break with a long trip to the north-west coast to take on Jose Luis Oltra's struggling side at the Riazor.
DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA
Laure, Ze Castro, Marchena, Evaldo
Gama, Valeron, Pizzi
Montoya, Song, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Pedro, Messi, Villa
Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Abel Aguilar has recovered from an ankle sprain suffered in training and will start Saturday's Primera Division clash with Barcelona.
But Manuel Pablo (hamstring) and Rodolfo Bodipo (back) are both likely to remain on the sidelines.
Carles Puyol, Dani Alves and Thiago Alcantara are all out injured for Barcelona, while Gerard Pique has recovered from his foot problem but is unlikely to be risked from the outset.
Alex Song could return to center back duty alongside Javier Mascherano, with Martin Montoya filling in at right back.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Deportivo La Coruna is on a six-match winless run in La Liga (D3, L3).
- The Galician outfit has lost three of its last four meetings with Barcelona.
- Deportivo's last home victory over Barca was a 2-0 success in April 2008.
- Barcelona is on a 11-match unbeaten streak in La Liga (W9, D2).
- The Blaugrana have kept just three clean sheets in its 11 official games to date this season.
- Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored three goals in his last three matches for Barca in all competitions.