Team News: Xavi, Alexis Sanchez absent for Barcelona

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Xavi and Alexis Sanchez fail to make the Barcelona starting lineup for this evening's La Liga match against Malaga.

Xavi and Alexis Sanchez have not been included in the Barcelona starting lineup for tonight's home encounter against Malaga.

Gerard Pique is also absent, meaning that Argentine Javier Mascherano will continue in a centre-back role.

Visiting Malaga will begin the fixture with Salomon Rondon as a lone striker.

Defeat for Barca will hand rivals Real Madrid the La Liga title.

Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Keita, Fabregas, Iniesta, Cuenca, Pedro; Messi

Malaga: Kameni; Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, S. Sanchez, Eliseu; Portillo, Camacho, Cazorla, Duda; Buonanotte; Rondon

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