ANDY SCHREUR - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Oguchi Onyewu and Málaga will look to avenge their 3-1 weekend loss when they travel to Barcelona for a rematch with the Catalan giants in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Onyewu was on the bench but did not see game action on Sunday as Barcelona proved to be too much in La Liga play.
The US defender has featured in the Copa del Rey regularly and could be in line to play tomorrow should Manager Manuel Pellegrini choose to rest Nacho Monreal, Weligton and Martín DeMichelis.
Onyewu has already been included in the 18 traveling to the Nou Camp.
Barcelona have lost only one match in all competitions this year, a 2-1 loss at Celtic in Champions League play, and easily saw off Córdoba by a 7-0 aggregate scoreline in the last round of the Copa del Rey.
They also hold a commanding 11-point advantage in La Liga over Atlético Madrid, who is second. Málaga are currently in fifth position in the Spanish league.
The Anchovies advanced past pesky Eibar on a 5-2 aggregate score in the last round to earn the matchup with Barcelona.
Pellegrini has confirmed that they'll be without Jérémy Toulalan and Joaquin as both are recovering from injury.
Barcelona will be missing Marc Muniesa, who is recovering from a knee injury. David Villa scored twice and suffered a hamstring injury against Córdoba and is not expected to play on Wednesday either.