Barcelona trio Arda Turan, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets ill with flu
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says that Arda Turan, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta have been struck down with flu and are doubts for Wednesday's Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg at home to Athletic Bilbao.
Barca go into the game 2-1 ahead after last week's first leg at San Mames, and also with one eye on Saturday's looming top of the table clash with Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou.
Neymar was rested for last weekend's 2-1 La Liga win at Malaga and the Brazilian looks set to return for a third meeting with Athletic in 10 days, but Luis Enrique insists he will wait until the morning of the game to decide if his ill trio can play.
"Arda, Iniesta and Busquets have the flu," he told his prematch news conference. "We will see how they feel tomorrow."
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Barca were coasting at 2-0 up in last week's first leg at San Mames, however Aritz Aduriz's late goal gave the Basque team some hope of upsetting the odds and making the last four. Yet Luis Enrique maintained that it would not alter his decision over his first choice XI.
"Aduriz's goal does not change my plans," he added. "The objective is to win. We will not be over-confident. The tie is still open and we know how difficult the game will be. I hope the fans understand that too."
Slip-ups by both Atletico and Real Madrid last weekend have left Barca sitting atop the La Liga standings on goal difference with a game in hand, and it was suggested that they could take control of the title race by beating Atletico at the weekend.
"I am just thinking about tomorrow's game," Luis Enrique responded. "The top three will keep slipping up. For the fixture list, because we are all human, not machines... But the only thing I am interested in is tomorrow's game. The rest is the future, and the future is up in the air."