Barcelona's Pedro ruled out of Valencia Copa del Rey match - report

The Catalan giants may well have to do without the services of the Spain international attacker as it is suggested that he will have to spend some more days on the sidelines
Barcelona attacker Pedro has been ruled out of Wednesday's Copa del Rey match at Valencia, Sport claims.

The 24-year-old missed Saturday's goalless draw at Villarreal with a thigh strain and will reportedly not recover in time for the first leg of the semi-finals at Mestalla.

It is also reported that Pedro's availability for the La Liga visit of Real Sociedad on February 5 is in doubt.

The news comes as the latest worry to coach Pep Guardiola, who will have to find more room on the crowded Blaugrana treatment table, as Ibrahim Afellay, Andreu Fontas, David Villa and Andres Iniesta are all unavailable.

The Copa del Rey match at Mestalla will kick off at 21.00CET.

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