Winter arrival looks to make his first start for Barcelona – report

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BARBASTRO, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: Robert Lewandowski of FC Barcelona celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the Copa del Rey round of 32 match between UD Barbastro and FC Barcelona at Campo Municipal de Deportes on January 07, 2024 in Barbastro, Spain.
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FC Barcelona look to continue their Copa Del Rey campaign with the much-awaited clash against Unionistas de Salamanca. Eager to recover from a challenging defeat against arch-rivals Real Madrid, the Catalans plan to make crucial lineup adjustments due to unavoidable circumstances.

In line with a report from Mundo Deportivo, this presents an opportunity for winter arrival Vitor Roque to make his starting debut in the iconic Blaugrana colors.

Roque, who missed out on minutes in the Supercopa De España due to a minor discomfort, may be selected by Xavi to spearhead the attacking line, aligning with the team’s rotational objectives.

This strategic move also implies that Robert Lewandowski will enjoy some well-deserved time off the pitch, providing him with a much-needed rest. The Polish marksman impressively scored a volley against Los Blancos, albeit in a losing effort.

Roque, the young Brazilian, aims to initiate his goal contributions against the lower-tier opposition and hopes to maintain this positive momentum against high-profile adversaries. A noteworthy performance will undoubtedly bolster his standing and facilitate a smooth integration into the relatively young unit of FC Barcelona.

Several significant changes are also on the horizon for this match. Hector Fort is likely to step in as the right back, filling the gaps left by the suspended Ronald Araujo and injured Joao Cancelo. This reshuffle solidifies Kounde and Christensen at the heart of the defense, with Alejandro Balde securing the left side.

Another key unavailability is Lamine Yamal due to suspension, which sees Pau Victor being picked in the squad list for the matchday. Additionally, Xavi contemplates providing playing time to Oriol Romeu, utilizing the early stages of the Copa Del Rey to assess the capabilities of the veteran midfielder.

This Copa Del Rey match not only serves as an opportunity for FC Barcelona to progress in the tournament but also offers a chance for young talents and squad players to showcase their skills and contribute to the team’s success.

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