Dani Alves to miss Copa del Rey clash

Dani Alves to miss Copa del Rey clash

Published Jan. 11, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

Barcelona right back Daniel Alves will miss the last-16 match in the Copa del Rey at Osasuna on Thursday as a precautionary measure after feeling discomfort in his right leg during practice.

The Catalan club says the problem happened on Wednesday. Barcelona enters the return leg with a 4-0 lead.

Alves was included in FIFA-FIFPro's world all-star team on Monday.

Barcelona also says Ibrahim Afellay's recovery from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee is ''satisfactory,'' with the Dutch midfielder returning from the Netherlands to continue his rehabilitation at the club's facilities.