Barcelona: No place for Aleix Vidal in Copa del Rey squad

The right-back will play no part in the holders' quarter-final first leg against Real Sociedad, despite shining in LaLiga at the weekend.

Barcelona: No place for Aleix Vidal in Copa del Rey squad
Fernando Zueras

Real Sociedad – Barcelona live

Aleix Vidal has not been included in Barcelona's squad to face Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, despite his excellent display in Saturday's 5-0 LaLiga win over Las Palmas.

Luis Enrique: "I can only pick 18 players..."

Barça head coach Luis Enrique has also opted to leave defender Jeremy Mathieu and keeper Marc-André ter Stegen out of Thursday's cup trip to San Sebastián.

Speaking ahead of the quarter-final first leg, the boss said of Vidal's omission: "I can only pick 18 players and I have over 20 [...] it's the coach's job to make decisions."

Barcelona are also without the injured Rafinha Alcántara, but Sergi Roberto, Gerard Piqué, Denis Suárez and Jordi Masip all return to the squad.

Barcelona squad to face Real Sociedad:

Cillessen, Masip, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Alcácer, Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Umtiti.